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Japan’s first VR Porn festival shut down for being too popular

By Kitty Knowles 11 July 2016
Summary

A sign of things to come?

Last week a VR porn festival had to be closed down early because of overcrowding.

Hundreds of curious folk were stuck waiting in the streets of Tokyo:

Simply too many people wanted to find out more about doing the digital dirty.


“The event didn’t start until 2pm, so I went there in high spirits an hour before then, but the city was already overflowing with people,” wrote one Japanese vlogger.

“There were so many that it was almost impossible to keep the situation under control … I’m sure there was a line inside the building that rivalled the one outside.”

You can imagine how disappointed the crowds were to not get their hands on the mannequins and breast toys available inside.


A sign of things to come

VR porn has already been showcased at specialist conferences around the world, featuring prominently at both the NYC Porn Festival and the Adult Entertainment Expo, Las Vegas.

But it’s also a hot topic far that reaches far beyond the adult industry.

One expert, speaking at Mobile World Congress told us how VR porn be a billion-dollar industry in 12 months.

It’s hardly surprising then, that businesses and consumers alike want to get hands-on with the new kit.

A man wears a VR headset as he plays with a mannequin. Pic: Eizo Wu.

Japan will be a leader

If the recent festival turnout is anything to go by, Japan looks like it will be the perfect place for VR porn to thrive.

Not only is Japan a tech hub (home of Fujitsu, Panasonic, Toshiba and the like), but its a sexually liberated place.

You’ll often see people reading lad’s mags in public, and it’s common for popular anime and manga to be sexually explicit.

This is a culture in which many men already have computerised girlfriends, and want to get to know them better.

Unusually however, Japan also has a strict policy of pixelating or covering up genitals in porn.

We’ll have to see how the country’s police tackle the fully nude possibilities of live VR-camming.

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