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Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In Pink Box, photographer Joan Sinclair takes us on a journey inside the secret world of fuzoku (commercial sex) in Japan, a world where kawaii (cute) collides with consumerism and sex.

Unrivaled in their creativity and the sheer number of choices, the clubs featured in this book offer their clientele every fantasy imaginable. Subway groping, visits to the nurse's office, and comic book c
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Harry N. Abrams
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"I think men are universally perverted; it's just that in Japan we do something about it."

"I fall in love for forty minutes and then go home..."

-sex club customers quoted in "Pink Box..."

This unique book, wrapped in a pink translucent vinyl dustjacket, is probably the closest that most foreigners will ever get to most of the action in Tokyo's carnivalesque, but very closed, sexual commercial enterprises. That's because, as the book explains, the ritualized aspects of the
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: freaks like me
One of my greatest turn-ons is sexual variance, especially when it's commercialized into a menu of different sexual services and locations. I had the biggest sexual-taxonomy boner flipping through this fabulous book. Lots of close-ups of brothel "menus" featuring anything from eyeglasses to "infinity shape" "breast service." It even has a (spoiler alert!) glossary. Excuse me, I need some time alone.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I don't know whether to laugh or be upset with the content of this book.
At times the artificially exaggerated 'innocence' of the prostitution and porn industries seems just too weird to be true.
The photo-journalism documentation tries not to judge this type of commerce, but in the end its very structured codes of conduct means only one thing - it is a deeply entrenched part of the social fabric of Japan.
Jim Dooley
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think it is safe to say that no one does "Excess" the way it is done in Japan. It is almost as if the culture, with a history of self-repression, occasionally blows a valve to let off steam ... and that "letting off steam" may very well become a new facet of the culture.

The writer / photographer, Joan Sinclair, has accomplished something amazing. Although the commercial sex industry was the number 2 profit center at the time of this book's creation (with automobile manufacturing coming
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting. I've always been interested in Japanese culture, fueled by watching anime during my formative years, and more by the people I met during college (my org catered to foreign students specifically, taking them on tours around the country, teaching them English, etc) and random things my friends and I would find on the internet. Once, a friend and I stumbled on pictures of themed Love Hotels in Japan and were amazed at the intricate and detailed rooms--Hello Kitty themed, Christmas them ...more
Peppermint Patty
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting. Unfortunately, most of the clubs mentioned in this book are now gone. I only recognized two companies that are still in business. It's a reminder of better times. Needless to say, don't rely on this book if you want to go to Japan for a "thing".
Bookish potato
Great book with tasteful photography, it made me wish I were a Japanese man.
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: E. G.
I wasn't surprised by most of what is contained in this book, but I very much enjoyed it for the beautiful and fascinating photographs.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful photography! I love the glimpses into the sex clubs of Japan.
Stephen Chung
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotic, non-fiction
Very colorful and lots of visuals.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
“You never get real satisfaction, you never get enough. Because there are always new girls coming in, and I just want to see what their boobs are like. That’s why I need a real girlfriend, so I don’t have to spend so much money.”

I’m really in love with this book. It talks about different facets of the Japanese sex industry, including the range of services for both men and women. Did you know that the hard working salaryman of japan could shed his suit for a few hours, strap on a diap
Eric Mesa
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this book for two reasons - I've been into Japanese culture since I was 14 and I'm into photography. In this book western photographer Joan Sinclair got a rare look at Japan's sex clubs to which foreigners are usually forbidden access. The book is organized into a a section of text describing a certain type of Pink Box club and then a series of photos illustrating. While this book obviously contains nudity it does not contain any sex.

The contrast to what we do in the West is pretty stark.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love cities that are paradoxes. In the case of Japan it is an entire country. Prostitution is illegal in Japan, which is what makes their entire fuzoku industry immensely fascinating. Mainly because it is well structured, with lots of rules and specificity on respect and control of desire, and the array of different desire scenarios is dizzying. This is not like America's prostitution, where so many women are coerced and addicts doing things against their will or better more clear judgement. I ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This is a quick read (there isn't a lot of reading anyway-90% of this book is made up of the photographs that Joan Sinclair took) if you want some information about Japan Sex Clubs. I just wish there was more information in the book about the different types of clubs.

I also like how Joan Sinclair says this at the end of the book:..."All I ask is that viewers not assume that this profession is inherently degrading. It's more complicated than that. These women are not powerless, they are not on d
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have often thought that it would be great to be Japanese; you could do practically anything you wished to do and people would just shake their heads and say: "Ah, but he's Japanese. They're crazy, its their oppressive society that does it" or words to that effect. I believe that this book should be sufficient proof of the value of my sentiment. Where else would sufficient people want to have kinky sex in an S&M themed room that it would be economically feasible to offer such a place. Or ge ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The description of this book intrigued me enough to buy it and I was not disappointed. The photos are vivid, the details included are fascinated and I was relieved to read at the end that these girls are not forced into sex work. The author asks for them and their work to be respected. I would greatly like to read another book that has more details about sex work in Japan, but for a beginners read the photographs are spectacular. Highly recommend.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot about the Japanese sex trade in fiction; it sounded too wild and accessible to be true. But no. . . this is almost like The Ignorant Gaijin's Illustrated Guide To Ryu Murakami's "In The Miso Soup." I loved the photographer's take on these businesses and their employees, and while I'm possibly even more fascinated and curious than I was before, some of my curiosity is certainly sated. . . in a way. ^_^
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Japan has a much different attitude towards sex that does the United States, and there are various hotels and clubs in Japan where a person can have sex with a girlfriend, or with a paid partner. This book contains lots of photographs of such clubs, and the photos are definitely for a mature audience only. The book is quite interesting on various levels.
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asia, non-fiction
I bought this book for a friend and wound up enjoying it myself. No, not like was the logistics of the clubs that I found interesting. Everything is very proscribed. You're there to do what you do, but don't step off the path or you're out.
Jonathan Keiser
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Pink Box is basically a coffee table book with tons of photographs of Japanese Sex Clubs. There are few books that delve into this topic, and I find this to be one of the best. There is a lot of interesting stuff in here, to be sure.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating. We (men) might think it, but the Japanese do it. Not saying it's right or wrong, but it feels more like a science fiction book than the explicit pictorial documentary that it is. Worth getting than not.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I thought this was going to be a indepth study of Japan's "water" industry or an intricate look at least. It wasn't very intricate, but it was full of photographs!! Not exactly the book you would leave on the coffee table at home though................
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Young women working in sex clubs are photographed and interviewed. They reveal their motivation for working in the sex industry and who they cater to in differing "thematic" clubs. WARNING: some photos are very graphic.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The photos are insane. You know you're curious...
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Far, far more than just the table-book that so many think it to be. Quite an achievement of photo journalism.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, now I want to go to Japan.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: photographers, anthroplogists,social critics, those interested in Asian cultures
I had always found this pictorial book extremely fascinating. We used to sell it at the bookstore where I worked, but had to keep it behind the counter for obvious reasons (ah, the curious young minds mostly male in origin...*s*). So I never got to look though it and appreciate the context of the work. I came across it again a few months ago, put it on my wish list and purchased it.

While the subject might be salacious in nature, it is ambiguously sexual. Meaning- yes, it is explicit,
Emily Kramer
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it
I dunno, somehow this book just gets me going. It's like - here close your eyes and imagine if you could fill one room with your fantasy. What would be in there? And then you turn the pages and can see what japanese men came up with on their own free time. It's not porn though. It's more focused on the props, the costumes and the colors than on what happens between the people.

Maybe that's why it's fun and not disturbing.

Plus, the photographer is a woman left her husband home i
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Karl Royce
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Pretty pictures and Nihonjin tits.
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