Sleep Pod’s and Porn

This is not an excuse to get more traffic to the website just because I put the word ‘porn’ in the title, I promise you. So I have officially had my first sleep pod experience. After heading back to Okayama yesterday I booked a cheap hotel which used the sleep pod’s. I have read about these sleep capsules and wondered what they were like and was sure at one point on my trip though Japan I was going to use one. I am not sure if they are only used by men but the hotel that I stayed in seemed to be dominated by men, in fact they even had a sent like sauna and bathing facilities included in the price. Of course as you already know these spa’s are generally separate bathing for men and women but this particular facility was only open for men. After a day of travel and walking round Okayama I was only too happy to shower and sit in the hot tub and sauna for a while before I went out for dinner.

Dinner was a simple but delicious bowl of donburi which I ate in a small restaurant at the bar while listening to some people play acoustic guitar. With some food in my belly I went in search of a place I could grab a drink, Lonely Planet advised to go to Izayoi no Tsuki which is well known for it’s large supply of sake. I learned something here, when you order sake in Japan you don’t actually call it sake. Confused? I was a little. Sake literally means alcohol and if you want what we westerners know as sake you need to order nihonshu (日本酒 or にほんしゅ). I was very impressed by the choice they had, only problem being that I could not read any of the menu so I had no idea what I was drinking or even ordering. I asked the lady behind the counter to suggest something and I just drank what she suggested. I may not of ever told you just how much I love sake? Well I do, it can be really complex in taste like whisky should be drunk slowly in my opinion. You do need to be aware that it is really easy to get drunk on sake, I could feel the effects a little as I left the izakaya.

I returned back to the hotel and headed up to my pod to get a good night’s sleep, settling down into my capsule I switched on the TV just to relax. Switching through the channels random I happened to find that one channel was showing pornography, I am sure that people find this useful. Now you may be thinking “Chris! You didn’t?” and your right I didn’t but I must tell you something I found strange about this, we all know what happens in porn but the Japanese (or at least this channel) find it necessary to pixelate the private parts. A man and woman can be fully naked but as soon as you see a penis or vagina that part is pixelated, when the two parts meet the pixels also connect. Forgive me for saying but I really don’t see the point in this, we all know what is happening and what the man is doing with his penis in the womans mouth or other places so why pixelate it? Why censor something that even when it is pixelated you can pretty much see what is happening? The only thing I can think of is that for some reason the Japanese are trying to protect their own society somehow but if they were trying to do that then why have a porn channel in the first place?

Wikipedia have a lengthy and thorough article on Pornography in Japan so if you want to learn more then I would go read it. I made a little video of the sleep capsule too which I will say was very comfortable indeed as per usual on the website it is below, for e-mail people select this link

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