Love, Japanese Style

Love and sexuality in Japan run the gamut—from those who are nearly celibate (whether by choice or lack thereof) to the more kinkily inclined. Like so much else in Japanese society today, there is a growing diversification when it comes to romance. This series takes an intimate look at the twenty-first century twists on an age-old activity.

Love Hotels Clean Up Their Image

Love hotels once had a shady reputation and gaudy designs, but things have changed. Today the hotels have become a date spot frequented by ordinary couples. Love-hotel scholar Kim Ikkyon explains why this change occurred.
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Japan’s Affection for Love Hotels

Love hotels are deeply rooted in Japanese society today. Kim Ikkyon is a young scholar who has specialized in tracing their historical evolution. Here we draw on her findings to sketch the changing face of love hotels.
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