(Translator's note: this is the tenth and final entry in the Men's Cyzo Japanese Sex Worker Series and unlike the first three entries, this one more closely follows the flow of an interview hence its categorization on My Dearest Desire. This is another great read into the Other Side of Japan that is only hinted at in mass consumption media. This is prime material for those wanting to know more about the various sex industries that make up Japan's red light district along with adult video from unique perspectives of those who actually walked the walk.)
Today's story has similarities with I-ko, the truck driver-delivery health escort, from a previous entry. At age 40, today's woman of interest is also a late entry into Japan's sex industry.
J-ko was born in the Yamanashi Prefecture. It's not that far from Tokyo. An express train would get her there in about 90 minutes.
“I had an older sister and a younger brother. I'd love to say I was relieved to be the middle child, but our father was strict to us all.”
He was reckless and relentless with his discipline and did not shy away from being physical. J-ko's friends knew it was best not to visit her at home and even calling her up was shunned. Her teachers at school even were concerned with some of the bruising they saw and wanted to know what was going on.
In the midst of this vicious circle of a home-life, J-ko found time to lose her virginity to a friend of her older sister.
“He had phimosis from what I remember. It wasn't all that pleasant for me, but it didn't look like it was a walk in the park for him either. It was a mutual first experience.”
Sex with someone who had phimosis wasn't so bad. J-ko actually enjoyed it even though he was some years her senior.
“His room was ground zero for delinquents to gather in our neck of the woods. It was by chance I was off from the police station taking care of some blackmail business and decided to go there instead of going home.”
That fateful day the regular group of social misfits were out and it was just J-ko and him. Sex was the outcome of them being together. Their first outing was also the first time J-ko even became wet and doing it with someone with bonafied phimosis was a very unique occurrence.
Things changed for J-ko not long after. Just like her older sister, she decided enough was enough and fled home to escape the tyranny her father. Out on the streets a scout soon approached her and offered her the opportunity to work as a companion (Translator's note: a Japanese companion is essentially a woman—usually an escort—who accompanies men to events and parties. Extras are not guaranteed, but...).
Now this is where things got interesting: she was scouted by a woman who happened to the mother of a classmate.
“She told me that I don't need to worry since I can already pass for an adult.”
Being a Japanese companion fit J-ko's chirpy demeanor. She eventually transitioned into becoming a Geisha. In something unexpected in modern Japan, a new okiya was opening and J-ko found herself employed as the house's proprietress and soon after, a gentleman friend of the owner came on board to help out. The got along very well and at 19, J-ko gave birth.
“I guess it may have been a kinda sorta shotgun wedding, but I really did love him. He worked at home as an artisan so I was over his house often and even tried my hand at cooking for him.”
The following year J-ko had her Coming of Age Day with a full belly as she neared her delivery day. Although married with a family soon to come, J-ko preferred working to staying at home as a full-time housewife.
At age 24, she gave birth for the third time.
“I didn't have much sex at this time, but when I did I obviously struck gold. My husband was surprised and jokingly asked if he was the father.”
Although he playfully asked about the issue of paternity, J-ko felt wounded by it.
J-ko's third visit to the maternity ward came and went without issue, but her domestic state took a turn for the worse and she became a housewife who's a bit too friendly with the drink. The drink tried to take over her too many times to count and she even attempted to end her own life on several occasions.
In order to keep her family hale and hearty, she decided divorce was the best course of action to take. Her family was fine with this decision thus J-ko's life as a married Japanese woman ended after 15 years.
This was 5 years ago.
Written by Mikako Kikuchi.
Mikako Kikuchi was born on March 17th, 1977 in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. Between the ages of 21 and 29, she worked as a cabaret club hostess, telephone sex operator, and an AV actress. She now writes for a living.
(Translator's note: broken homes seem a mainstay with sex workers. It's unfortunate that troubles of the domestic sort are oftentimes linked with women who wish to express themselves physically in Japan's burgeoning adult industry. Make no mistake in thinking that everyone involved in this line of work has a life story that mimics J-ko. However, broken homes often go hand-in-hand with debt and the high pay of escort work makes this an attractive outlet for women in need.)
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