Translated News, Interviews, Blogs, and More From Japan's Other Side

History of Prostitution in Japan: Ancient Times Through the Heian Period Part 1

Men's Cyzo - Original Japanese Date: February 16th, 2015
English Translation Published: April 8th, 2015

Japanese miko who still exist today used to perform more erotic variations of the dances they are still known to perform on certain occasions.

By far, Japan leads the world in its quality of brothels.  Post-war saw the extreme proliferation of soaplands and fashion healths and the new millennium saw a sharp increase in delivery healths.  In spite of ever-changing laws and codes of morale, these adult establishments have found ways to not only survive, but to prosper.

However, there's more to the history of Japan's brothels than what we ascertain to rebellious post-war behavior.  In fact, our history with them goes deep into the past.  We'll now spend a little bit of time in this article delving into the roots of Japan's intricate and expansive brothel system.

We'll start with the era that brothels came into being.  First and foremost, the ancestors to modern-day queens of the brothel were miko.  Descriptions of miko are as old as Japan itself; even in Japan's oldest historical record, the Kojiki, accounts of them are found in information pertaining to Amano-Iwato along with an episode of strife between Amaterasu, the sun goddess and her brother, Susanoo.

Miko of centuries past were known to dance in almost a trance-like state that sometimes ventured into the erotic.  Today's strip shows can be considered modern-day variations of these dances.

Back then however, miko—including their performances—were considered an integral part of the way of life.  They were thought to be able to listen to the direct words of the heavens and were offered money for their services.  

To be concluded...

Written by Miyuki Nakagawara


Men's Cyzo recommends this title to readers of this article.


(Translator's note:  pardon the Wikipedia-heavy reference going on in this article, but the entries there are full of great background information about Japan's ancient history.  It's great read if you have some hours to spare.  Miko also still exist today although do not consider asking them for any 'off-menu' services.  You won't get far.  What's more, the average age of a miko is about the same as an American sophomore.)

Vote not counted Vote counted Subtitled Japanese AV

This post was brought to you by | Subtitled Japanese AV

Comments are disabled for this article.


Contact Us or visit FAQ

Captcha image

Our Friends

Featured Articles

MDD Logo

My Dearest Desire features material created by and for adults. You agree that you are of legal adult age (18 or 21 in certain jurisdictions) and it is legal in your place of residence to view such material. You agree not to distribute and/or show in any way said material to anyone under the legal adult age (18 or 21 in certain jurisdictions).