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11 November 2006 @ 08:46 am
メーリクリスマス! Merry Christmas!!  
Oh, how I love Shinjuku. This is outside of a porn shop in Shinjuku (on the ground floor of a very busy shopping street, no less) that had this mannequin standing outside when I passed by last night. Oh, Tokyo.... only in Tokyo, I swear.

On a related note, I've never understood how they can get away with putting a porn shop in a normal street.. it's only a block away from a HUGE electronics store, next to several family-oriented restaurants, and near an import comic book shop. I guess there are no laws for that in Japan. Of course, it's not a residential area, but it's not Kabukicho (whici incidentally, IS a residential area. I almost moved there).

Of course this is the country that even though they finally outlawed selling used panties in vending machines, still have them.

Oh yes, I will never understand some things about you, Japan!! ^.^;;;;;;;;
Jeychynoi on November 10th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
That used underwear thing is SO awful XD;;; Oooh Japan~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): Gravitation - Shuichi Only this bighinoai on November 10th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
=D You want to know what's even more awful? I was going to buy them!!! (just out of curiosity, I swear!! >.>;;) But the "shop" suddenly went dark and we all freaked out and ran out........ ^^;;
Jeychynoi on November 11th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
It'd be an interesting souvenoir for SURE... but the whole idea of it is just awful. XD; But I wouldn't hold it against you if you bought them though~
ஐ*~...♥*M35M3R15Z*♥...~*ஐmesmerisz on November 10th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Not just in Japan, over in Indiana we have a p0rn shop next to Toys R Us and across the street from the town's main shopping mall^^;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 11th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Whoa... there's no law against that? O.o;;; In most cities that I lived in, there were zoning laws against things like that... Not that I'm against porn shops at all, but I don't really like the idea that a kid could wander into them accidentally.
ஐ*~...♥*M35M3R15Z*♥...~*ஐmesmerisz on November 11th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't know (I live in Chicago and was only visiting there)^^; Both the entrance to the toy store and the p0rn shop faces the opposite direction of the mall...so it was quite by accident my friends and I ended up in front of that Toys R Us in the first place. We ended up joking about how when the dad (or mom) takes the kid for toys they...errr, get some of their own~
Dr. Claw: Absolute raritydoctor_claw on November 11th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
LTDFAO @ panties in vending machines!
-: Shirorostringalchemist on November 11th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)

I had to look twice at that picture before I realized what I was looking at. x3
C L O V E Ridyllica on November 11th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
That...looks like...Oh dear....I have no comment on that picture. LOL

Happy Thanksgiving, well it isn't yet. But, Happy early Vertan's day! ♥
Amanda: cupcakes/Cutesysupinternets on November 11th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
OMG, that photo is just too much, lol.

And I cannot believe the thing about the used undies, ew!
+babymoss on November 11th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
that picture...
I can't help but wonder what the writing on the board says! o:
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on November 11th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: that picture...
It's just a guide to the different floors on the building ^^
+babymoss on November 11th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: that picture...
LOL ah, silly me, thank you *grumbles at her none existent Japanese*. I really must work on that.^^

Have a wonderful day. x
debbinyadebbinya on November 11th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
haha not just japan but here in australia as well. In a particular city there are many sit-outside restaurants near the porn shops + night clubs... even an icecream shop ^^;;;;
Chiakichiaki777 on November 11th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
The Japanese are indeed one of the most sexually liberated people on earth >.>
Julieta Colás: laffengelen on November 11th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
In Paris you can see the porn magazine section above the children magazine section

but Japan is a sick country, so yeah
(in my opinion, used panties being sold is sick... but that doesn't mean I don't love Japan << >>)
Lisalilitufire on November 11th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
That is one ugly elf.

I guess the vending machine is a bit more instant and anonymous than eBay :)
Anguilaelectragretchen on November 11th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
Awww Giuk the machine.
I think is because for them Christmas is more commercial, more Santa, gifts, less birth celebration. Maybe it was a chaotic mix between Christmas and Halloween.
I was talking with a friend the other day about Japan, that they have a free mind with porn and all but still live in the past about the place that woman have in the society.
Giuk the machine...
sehrtseh on November 11th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Hahaha if I ever saw that standing outside a porn shop I would make SURE I didn't go in.
histoiredehistoirede on November 11th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Porn shops can be in totally normal streets in France too, but you have to be 18 to enter...
... so no Japanese exception on this one !