(Translator's note: like the Sex Worker series, Japanese AV Then And Now is another multi-part feature from Men's Cyzo looking back on the various booms and trends of the Japanese AV industry. It mixes bits of nostalgia for those who were there during the 'golden age of rental' with some of the genre booms and busts of this still-burgeoning industry of visual pleasure.)
The second edition of this series will focus in on something many of you are already familiar with: shiofuki—or female explosive orgasms.
When Fingering Japanese AV Stars Was Forbidden
I don't know the particulars as to how women can squirt when having an orgasm, but there were early accounts of 'water tricks'--or mizugei--used by some types of overtly skilled women during the Edo period. Further changes occurred after the end of the WW2 when strong economic growth accelerating in the 1970's saw the introductions of adult-themed attractions such as strip shows and movie theaters.
The first appearance of female squirting orgasms in Japanese AV was as early as 1988 during performances by Yukari Okita. Unfortunately, my knowledge of this era is not much as I did not begin writing about AV until around the year 2000 when squirting was already common to some extent. Looking back at my own reviews of Japanese AV from 1999, I already found various stars known for this wonderful talent.
There weren't many at first and the number of AV stars who were OK with fingering back then was even less. Even today, there aren't too many actresses known for their squirting ability and still there are quite a few whom are not fond of being fingered. The shining light on squirting is the ability to break the standard hardcore stereotype many AV stars have by showcasing a very unique bodily function.
Fake Shiofuki ~The Miracle Japanese AV Studio Squirting Machine~
To further satisfy the demand for explosive female orgasms, AV studios found a way to bring about more of them...by artificial means. Just like AV stars of the past who engaged in 'fake intercourse', 'fake shiofuki' became a thing.
My first time on set saw me with both happy and mildly in awe. This was way back in 2001 when I had the opportunity to visit the set of a major production company AV shoot. The creative juices of the talented staff were running riot with novel ideas such as the creation of a squirting machine that can make any Japanese AV star appear to squirt in extremis. The device was simple: a tube a few meters long connected to a plastic bottle (at the time it was a thoroughly cleaned dish detergent bottle). It kind of looked like an extremely over-sized sports drink bottle with a super long straw sticking out of it.
In order for this device to work and work right, the AV star would have to be sitting on a chair—not a sofa, but a regular chair that has openings in the back. The tube attached to the plastic bottle filled with the fake squirting liquid would be affixed to her nether region from behind. The levels of mosaic used back then in NEVA-approved productions was pretty harsh compared to today so it was simple to hide the handiwork of the clever on-set artisans.
Written by Pedal Shishido
Pedal Shishido is an erotic writer who has been watching AV since the dawn of time. He also is a formidable user of English with a level 1 Eiken score and scored an 800 on TOIEC. He's quite active being active (?!) covering AV on and off scene.
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(Translator's note: There are many people out there who despise the mosaics used in Japanese AV. Yes, it is a form of censorship, but with it in place, Japanese AV has had more freedom to experiment with the preternatural than its unmasked western counterpart. Squirting 'machines' would never work if you could see the contraption doing the pumping. However, as written up in more detail in 'A Case for Mosaic' on My Dearest Desire, the original type of mosaic used was downright atrocious. The level it is at today is sufficent in that one can still essentially make out what is going on yet still leaves some room for fantasies to take hold.)
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