It is a recent Sunday afternoon inside the offices of adult video broadcaster Paradise TV. Two enthusiastic female voices can be heard counting from behind a pair of covered booths: “Ichi, ni, san, shi, go!”
The entry flap of one booth is labeled with the kanji character pronounced ushiro (behind) and colored pink, the other is yellow and marked oppai (breast). Outside is a line of five men, each of whom is eagerly awaiting his turn to grab (with both hands) the bare buttocks and breasts of two adult video (AV) actresses five times for 1,000 yen - with all the proceeds being used for research to prevent the spread of the HIV virus and AIDS.
“I am so proud to have been selected for such a worthy cause,” says the curvy Aya Natsuki, 25, a veteran of roughly 50 AV films who ceded each of her buns for 100 yen per squeeze. “As well, this is an opportunity for me to communicate much more directly with my fans.”
Last year, donations totaled 2 million yen. Paradise expects this year to see a 50% increase in pledges, which have come from as far as away as North Carolina. Satellite provider SKY PerfecTV, which hosts Paradise broadcasts, and the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention are supporters.
Paradise policy requires actors to wear condoms during regular filming. On this day, subscribers, too, are being given the opportunity to play it safe with a free 24-hour phone-sex service.
To further help in this regard, masturbation aids are up for auction. Yuno Hoshino, whose resume includes incest and office lady roles, is assisting in the peddling of a synthetic “hole” and jelly from manufacturer Truth. With the minimum bid established at 500 yen, Hoshino then begins valiantly rubbing some of the lubricant over her bare chest to demonstrate the substance’s viscosity. By the time the hammer has fallen and her firm stars sufficiently cleaned with a moist towelette, a winning bid of 2,500 yen has been secured.
Earlier in the day, subscribers were invited to the Paradise rooftop to purchase a small restaurant dish - perhaps cubed tofu or boiled pork - that had been seasoned with the urine of an actress. The channel was hoping to provide a bit of protein as well for the half-dozen customers who arrived but there were challenges that could not be overcome. “We thought we could get both urinating and lactating girls,” explains Kenichiro Suzuki, manager of international sales, of the menu selection. “But the lactation just didn’t work out.”