Rubber romance Sick?or True love?

Silicone Sally: Japanese men find true love with sex dolls

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By Alastair HIMMER

 

When the spark went out of Masayuki Ozaki’s marriage, he found an unusual outlet to plug the romantic void — a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life.

The life-size dummy, called Mayu, shares his bed under the same roof as Ozaki’s wife and teenage daughter in Tokyo, an arrangement that triggered angry rows before a delicate truce was finally declared.

“After my wife gave birth we stopped having sex and I felt a deep sense of loneliness,” the 45-year-old physiotherapist told AFP in an interview.

“But the moment I saw Mayu in the showroom, it was love at first sight,” blushed Ozaki, who takes his doll on dates in a wheelchair and dresses her in wigs, sexy clothes and jewelry.

“My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. These days she puts up with it, reluctantly,” he added. “When my daughter realised it wasn’t a giant Barbie doll, she freaked out and said it was gross — but now she’s old enough to share Mayu’s clothes.”

Ozaki is one of an increasing number of Japanese men turning to rubber romance in a country that’s lost its mojo.

He also admits to being turned off by human relationships.

“Japanese women are cold-hearted,” he said while on a seaside stroll with his silicone squeeze.

“They’re very selfish. Men want someone to listen to them without grumbling when they get home from work,” Ozaki added. “Whatever problems I have, Mayu is always there waiting for me. I love her to bits and want to be with her forever. I can’t imagine going back to a human being. I want to be buried with her and take her to heaven.”

Around 2,000 of the life-like dolls — which cost from 600,000 yen and come with adjustable fingers, removable head and genitals — are sold each year in Japan, according to industry insiders.

“Technology has come a long way since those nasty inflatable dolls in the 1970s,” noted Hideo Tsuchiya, managing director of doll maker Orient Industry.

“They look incredibly real now and it feels like you’re touching human skin. More men are buying them because they feel they can actually communicate with the dolls,” he explained.

Popular with disabled customers and widowers, as well as mannequin fetishists, some men use dolls to avoid heartache.

“Human beings are so demanding,” insisted 62-year-old Senji Nakajima, who tenderly bathes his rubber girlfriend Saori, has framed photos of her on his wall and even takes her skiing and surfing.

“People always want something from you — like money or commitment,” he complained.

“My heart flutters when I come home to Saori,” added the married father-of-two as he picnicked with his plastic partner. “She never betrays me, she makes my worries melt away.”

Nakajima’s relationship with Saori has divided his family, but the Tokyo-born businessman refuses to give her up.

“My son accepts it, my daughter can’t,” said Nakajima, whose wife has banned Saori from the family home.

“I’ll never date a real woman again — they’re heartless,” he insisted back at his cluttered Tokyo apartment, sandwiched between two dolls from previous dalliances and a headless rubber torso.

Reconciliation with his estranged wife is unlikely, admits Nakajima.

“I wouldn’t be able to take a bath with Saori, or snuggle up with her and watch TV,” he said, slipping the doll into some racy purple lingerie. “I don’t want to destroy what I have with her.”

While the pillow talk is decidedly one-way, Nakajima believes he has discovered true love, saying: “I’d never cheat on her, even with a prostitute, because to me she’s human.”

As Japan struggles with a plummeting birthrate, a growing number of men — known as ‘herbivores’ — are turning their backs on love and traditional masculine values for a quiet, uncompetitive life.

“In the future I think more and more guys will choose relationships with dolls,” said Yoshitaka Hyodo, whose home is an Aladdin’s Cave of dolls, kitsch toys and Japanese erotica.

“It’s less stress and they complain a lot less than women,” he added.

Hyodo, a military buff who lives alone but has an understanding girlfriend, owns more than 10 life-size dummies — many of which he dresses in combat uniform to play out wartime fantasies.

But he claims to have cut down on doll sex.

“It’s more about connecting on an emotional level for me now,” said the 43-year-old blogger, whose curiosity was piqued at a young age when he found a charred mannequin in the street.

“People might think I’m weird, but it’s no different than collecting sports cars. I don’t know how much I’ve spent but it’s cheaper than a Lamborghini,” he said.

Future doll users can expect more bang for their buck as researchers work to develop next-generation sexbots able to talk, laugh and even simulate an orgasm.

But for now, Ozaki’s long-suffering wife Riho tries hard to ignore the rubber temptress silently taunting her from her husband’s bedroom.

“I just get on with the housework,” she sniffed. “I make the dinner, I clean, I do the washing. I choose sleep over sex.”

7月3日付のJAPANTODAYで上記の記事が掲載された。内容は以下のとおりである。

  1. シリコン製の女性を愛している男性がいる。
  2. シリコン製の女性を愛する男性が増えている。
  3. これから先、男性たちとシリコン製女性との関係はますます重要になる。

以下のことが言えるであろう。

  1. 統計からするとこれからシリコン女性を愛する男性は増えていく。
  2. テクノロジーの発達、品質の向上により性欲だけではなく精神的な癒しをもっと提供できるようになる。
  3. まだ、共感できる男性は少数派である。

記事の内容はまだ一般的な価値観ではないからこそニュースとして配信しているのであろう。一読したときは、「気持ち悪い」と感じたし、身近にそういう人もいない。でも数字としては増えているという事実がある。妻もいて子供もいる男性がシリコン製人形を愛しているという事実がある。仕事もこなしてるという事実がある。病気ということでは片づけられない。人間の女性は男にとって何なのか?ということも考えずにはいられない。

私の意見としては、ペットが動物ではなくシリコン製の人形なのだろうと考える。しかし、人間の女性は男にとって何なのか?ということは避けては通れない問題だと思っている。でも今すぐには結論が出せない。

以下には、同様なテーマを扱った映画を紹介しておく。日本だけの問題ではないのだろうか。

(Translation)

The above article was published at JAPANTODAY on July 3rd. The contents are as follows.

There are men who love silicone women.

There are an increasing number of men who love silicone women.

From now on, the relationship between men and silicone women becomes increasingly important.

The following can be said.

From the statistics, the number of men who love silicone women will increase from now.

By developing technology and improving quality it will be possible to provide not only sexual desire but also mental healing more.

Still, men who can sympathize are minority.

Because the content of the article is not yet general value, it is probably delivering it as news. When I read it I felt it was “bad”, and there were no such people close to me. But there is a fact that it is increasing as a figure. There is a fact that a man with a wife and children also loves silicone dolls. He also have the fact that he is doing my job. I can not clean up with being ill. What is a human woman for a man? I can not help thinking about that.

In my opinion, I think that the pet is a silicon doll, not an animal. But what is a human woman for a man? I think that it is a problem that can not be avoided. But I can not draw a conclusion right now.

Below, I will introduce movies dealing with similar themes. Is not it the only problem in Japan?

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