This article is reproduced from the discontinued, but much loved Mainichi Waiwai column by Ryann Connell. Read more about this at the bottom of this article.
“I knew there was no point continuing,” a 28-year-old receptionist tells an-an (10/5), “the moment he reached his climax and screamed out ‘Mommy’ in ecstasy.”
Talk about sex lives to almost 1,000 Japanese women — as the racy women’s weekly did — and that’s the sort of thing you’ll find out.
Of the 973 women who took part in an-an’s annual survey on sex, 20-somethings averaged from 2.9 partners (from 20 to 29) to 4.5 partners (from 25 to 29) throughout their lives, while those aged 30 to 34 had, on average, slept with 4.2 men.
They were more likely to act on weeknights than weekends, with 56 percent enjoying their connubials once (33 percent) or twice (23 percent) every two weeks.
Some of the women, like the receptionist, also told of coming up against circumstances that made it impossible for them to go on.
“I was right in the middle of ministrating him with my mouth and looked up to see that he’d dozed off,” a 30-year-old nurse tells an-an.
Another woman, a 21-year-old college coed, adds that she reached her limit when “he wore my bra, put his boxers on his head and wanted to do it decked out like that.”
Women told the weekly that they were most likely to get into the mood when they felt lonely, but other favorite times included immediately before menstruating, after exhaustive periods of work, following a reasonably long drought in the bedroom and when watching a romantic movie.
Guys’ chests were the parts of the body that more women felt attracted to, but they also liked big hands and nimble fingers.
About 70 percent of women had experienced orgasm, but of these, there were 27 percent who had not climaxed following penetration. Asked to describe the sensations felt during their orgasms, one woman said, “blood streaming through my entire body started flowing in the opposite direction,” while another elaborated by saying, “a sea breeze blew through my brain.”
But, while there may have been some good times, there were also some sessions that were a little less than pleasant.
“We were going at it, when all of a sudden I could hear this tapping on the window of our bedroom,” a 27-year-old systems engineer says. “It was my boyfriend’s old classmate from junior high and he’d suddenly turned up in Tokyo from Hiroshima and needed a place to stay.”
A 28-year-old woman inadvertently put on a show for the neighbors.
“We were having sex in the car and I just happened to look up and notice that this old woman who’d been out walking her dog was staring at us the whole time,” she says.
Another woman, a student aged 21, tells a story of an embarrassing session in the sack that it also somewhat of a sign of the times.
“I’d stuck my mobile phone under my pillow and we were in the passionate throes of love-making,” she tells an-an. “When, all of a sudden, I got a phone call from one of the people running my club at college.”
(The Mainichi Waiwai column ran online from April 19, 2001 – June 21, 2008. It was a much loved form of entertainment amongst foreigner in and outside of Japan. To any reader it was obviously not serious news, but it was a set of articles that portrayed quite well how the Japanese tabloids actually write about their own country. In 2008, a small number of Japanese people bought it to the attention of rival news groups that Mainichi was running an anti-Japan column on its website. With the bad publicity, Mainichi was forced to shut the page down, and take punitive measures against the journalists that were working on it, claiming that it was receiving opinions that were critical of the column, such as “its contents are too vulgar” and “the stories could cause Japanese people to be misunderstood abroad”. A perfect example of how Japanese consider what they write in their own script to be an acceptable secret code, that the rest of the world cant understand. When that same tabloid rubbish gets inconveniently translated to English to make light of some aspects of the Japanese people, it gets canned. Stippy.com finds this unacceptable, and will reproduce as much of the Waiwai content as possible in order to bring it once again to our computer screens for a good laugh. Of course we claim no credit for this content, and attribute it to it’s writers who were former Mainichi employees. Waiwai in its true and glorious form has been discontinued, but it’s legacy will live on at stippy.com for all to enjoy.)