Why Are Japanese Porn Movies Censored?

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Why Are Japanese Porn Movies Censored?

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Other countries – other customs, this old truth applies not only, but especially to the area of sexuality and its representation. So those who watch Japanese porn films not only see the sexual act as it is performed in a distant and often foreign country, but also learn something of the country’s history. For the reason that essential body parts are retouched or pixelated has simple historical causes.

Warum werden japanische Pornofilme zensiert?Pornography in Japanese History

Sex is a beautiful thing, so it’s no surprise that all cultures have embraced the depiction of sexual activity in some form. Whether such a depiction is pornography or art is sometimes debatable. What is indisputable, however, is that such representations can be particularly appealing when they come from countries about which little is otherwise known.

Sex in Japan, unlike in many Western countries, was and is not associated with thoughts of shame or guilt. Therefore, in this often unknown country, its own pornography has already emerged from the 17th century. The depiction of the sexual act took the form of elaborate woodcuts in the form of individual pictures, pictorial volumes and often with textual descriptions. In the second half of the 19th century, the political and social system of the country was renewed, also under the influence of increased contact with Europe. In the course of this renewal, the depiction of the naked penis and vagina was banned. It was feared that the prevailing sexual openness would be interpreted as backwardness.

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Japanese porn movies, of course, must abide by this ban on nudity. The films are produced normally, but then edited in such a way that neither male limbs nor female pleasure holes are visible, otherwise they are not allowed to enter the Japanese market. Until the early nineties of the twentieth century, the depiction of pubic hair was also subject to this prohibition; Japanese pornographic films were thus forced to generously pixelate the intimate area.

Warum werden japanische Pornofilme zensiert?Japanese Porn Movies – Making A Virtue Out Of Necessity

The producers who make Japanese porn films thus have to do without a central element. But because necessity is the mother of invention, pornography developed its very own forms. These also influenced the porn industry of other countries from Japan. For example, it was Japanese porn films that popularized or even invented genres such as bukkake, shibari or tamakeri. But what is behind these Japanese terms?

If you watch Japanese porn movies, you’ll notice more than just the pixelation typical of censorship. He often sees in close-ups how one or more men cum on the face or body of the sex partner. Since, unlike the penis, the depiction of sperm does not fall under Japanese censorship, one suspects that this form, called bukkake, has become established so that Japanese porn films can thus circumvent censorship.

Likewise, Japanese porn films show various forms of sexual dominance. Shibari are bondage techniques that have their own unique aesthetics. But on the other hand, it can also be a prelude to the presentation of further sado-masochistic sex games. In addition to bondage, Japanese pornography often shows simulated rape, again without explicit depiction of the organs performing it.

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While in shibari it is often the woman who is tied up and thus dominated, in tamakeri the male sex partner is the victim. Here japanese porn movies show a woman kicking a man between his legs. It’s a consensual play on what’s called CBT (Cock and Ball Torture) with an emphasis on “ball”.

Conclusion

The fact that Japanese porn films do not show the genitals of the sex partners is a consequence of ancient laws. These were originally intended to emphasize Japan’s modernity. So you can see in this a quality feature “Made in Japan” for Japanese porn movies. A direct result of this censorship is a rich display of other sex practices with which Japanese porn films have influenced the international porn scene.

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