For most men, meeting the girl of their dreams takes time but one company is offering to drop her off outside your door in just a few days. Sex dolls are now so life-like that they come with authentic-looking eyes and skin that feels real to touch. One maker will even customise a doll to your exact requirements so you can choose her bust size, hair colour, eyes and everything about her right down to moveable fingers.
When the spark went out of Masayuki Ozaki’s marriage, he found an unusual outlet to plug the romantic void — a silicone doll he swears is the love of his life. The life-size dummy, called Mayu, shares his bed under the same roof as Ozaki’s wife and teenage daughter in Tokyo, an arrangement that triggered angry rows before a delicate truce was finally declared. When my daughter realised it wasn’t a giant Barbie doll, she freaked out and said it was gross — but now she’s old enough to share Mayu’s clothes.” Ozaki is one of an increasing number of Japanese men turning to rubber romance in a country that’s lost its mojo. He also admits to being turned off by human relationships. “Japanese women are cold-hearted,” he said while on a seaside stroll with his silicone squeeze. Admirers at a “love doll” exhibition in Tokyo are a far cry from the stereotypical image of an introverted pervert fulfilling his dark fantasies with an anatomically correct plastic companion in his lonely apartment. Visitors at the venue can be heard praising the beauty and life-like appearances of what are essentially toys used by men for acts. These accolades often come from women. In fact, women account for 60 percent of the 4,000 people who have visited the exhibition called Ima to Mukashi no Ai-Ningyo (Love dolls of today and the old days). Some experts say women are increasingly showing an interest in love dolls because attitudes have changed toward what is considered indecent. Still, the number of women at the exhibition has surprised even the organizer of the event.