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Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs Paperback – October 1, 2006
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About the Author
James Farrer teaches sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo, where he conducts comparative research on ideas of sexuality and romance among young people in Japan and China. He is the author of Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai.
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Top Customer Reviews
As the author sets the story line, Japan's society is formal, strict and polite. With centuries of social roles and traditional uniforms, the below surface sexual desires are too enticing for them not to satisfy. The sex industry is not only a product of society, but a part of society. Expressing no opinion, Sinclair teases you into the Japanese world of naughty to unbridled perversion in toe-curling photo essays of sexcapades. Almost voyeuristic. The menu of sex club delicacies take the form of breaking these rigid societal rules, with a common theme of fondling the cleanest, purest, teenage girls in off-limits role-playing scenarios. You'll discover surreal fetishes, bondage and softcore groping in dens of sin outfitted with one-way mirrors, kinky stages and elaborate sets. Clients immerse themselves in fantasies, from fake hospitals with nurses sans panties, to submissive hentai characters, naughty stewardesses and elevator attendants, disciplining teachers, secretaries and schoolgirls...Read more ›
The book is professionally neutral, I believe, and leaves it up to the reader to have a reaction. Ms. Sinclair treats her subjects with respect and dignity, and quotes from both workers and clients are peppered throughout, adding additional layers and insight to the author's thorough explanations.
I believe it is the ideal ratio of text to photographs. The layout as well (as colorfully designed as FRUiTS, by Shoichi Aoki), I must say, is very attractive and heightens the experience of reading this book, whether reading alone or sharing with open-minded friends on your coffee table.
The neon pink vinyl slipcover is the icing on the cake.
Excellent piece of work.
The website, [...] offers a preview and an interview with Ms. Sinclair.
The book is as much a voyeuristic look inside the pink box as it is a thorough guide to the menu and customs of the sex industry. Clubs offer services in fuzoku (commercial sex) ranging from hostess services in the geisha tradition, to image clubs ("play" rooms to fulfill fantasies with schoolgirls and police officers), to telephone clubs with internet stations and live chat, to a few full-on brothels. Clubs cater to males, females, and swinging couples. Many operate in legal limbo--sex for money is illegal, so customers pay for legal aspects and any intercourse is a private affair between consenting adults. Customers must obey the rules or face ejection and banishment, complete with posted Polaroids of offenders!
Looking thought the several hundred photos in this book (of workers, customers, menus, and settings), I was struck by how small the fantasy rooms and cubicles are. Sinclair writes that she often had to shoot with a unipod due to the space restrictions. I especially enjoyed the club menus and questionnaires translated in the book, indicating acts beyond my imagination which can be requested by the customer.
If you're looking for an off-the-tourist-path view of a slice of Japan, I think this book will help give you a flavor of--at least the seedier/fetish side of Japanese culture.
For me, it helps paint a more realistic view of Japanese culture, and balances the formal, rigorous, daytime public view of Japan.
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What a great book. ! . Great photos which I never thought anyone could have access to !!Published 13 months ago by Disco
Really gives some insight into Japan's society and its odd mix of sexual freedom and censorship.Published 18 months ago by Gill Bates
Excellent inside view of what is going on in the Japanese cultute.Published 22 months ago by Janette T.
This book delivered exactly what it said it would.
Nice quality - good insight into the weirdness of the Japanese sex industry - but also artistic and thoughtful, rather than... Read more
Lots of picks but was hoping for more personal story's and detail .wish I would have got information some were else. . But it was interstingPublished on January 10, 2014 by James
This is a very interesting read. It take you into the hidden sex clubs in Japan. You will find it interesting the exotic (strange) thing the salarymen of Japan like. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by P. B. Homewood