Septuagenarian Sex Star Still On Top

June 3rd, 2011By Category: Uncategorized

He looks like you’d expect a 76-year-old Japanese man to look: Balding, what’s left of his hair streaked with silver; drooping jowls; a stern, wizened look. He walks with a lethargic, ambling gait, and appears ready for a nap at any time. But Shigeo Tokuda’s dreams turn to reality: He’s a superstar in the ultra-Japanese realm of “elder porn.”

That’s right, elder porn—adult videos (AV, as the locals term it) starring grandparents and retirees. Tokuda (his nom de porn, if you will) makes his hay with a stunning array of teenagers and 20-somethings. Ribald titles like “Maniac Training of Lolitas” give away the plot (such as it is): Young, sex-crazed vixens falling under the spell of Tokuda’s wisdom. The gals need proper sexual instruction, and Tokuda is just the man to provide it.

“That’s just…wrong!” you might be thinking to yourself. I wouldn’t disagree. But don’t forget that Tokuda and his fellow senior sex stars wouldn’t have jobs if there wasn’t a market for their, um, talents. According to several reports, the elder porn genre is exploding in Japan and comprises a sizable portion of the overall porn market.

And why not? Everything fits…perfectly. Japan has the world’s oldest population, and survey after survey confirms it has one of the most “sexless” societies. Something’s got to give. And give it does, in the form of porn: Japan trails only the U.S. in personal porn consumption. Apparently the old codgers get a rise out of seeing one of their own in action.

Tokuda started off in relative anonymity, quietly leading a double life as a salaryman by day and budding porn star by night and weekend. Yes, he has a wife, daughter, and grandchildren, who were none the wiser for years until, by chance, his daughter came across a script intended for daddy’s eyes only.

Wife and daughter took it in appropriately Japanese stride, with the missus concerned about the effects of such strenuous activity on hubby’s heart, and daughter questioning the morality of the adult video industry. But there are no reports of divorce or estrangement.

Therefore, caught, somewhat literally, with his pants down, Tokuda decided to go all in and embrace his newfound notoriety. He may not be Japan’s oldest male porn star, but he’s the most famous. He’s even something of a world-wide media celebrity: Tokuda has a lengthy Wikipedia entry, and the likes of the L.A. Times, CNN, and Time have run breathless-yet-confused profiles in recent years.

As for the future, there’s no career climax in site for Tokuda. If he dies on the job, I suppose there are worse ways to go. And I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to Google his name for a sample of his work!

Author of this article

Mark Hersberger

The “View from the West” column takes a light-hearted examination of all things Japanese through the prism of current events, pop culture, movies, books, and any other Japan-centric content Western audiences may come across. Mark Hersberger is an active Japan commentator and author of the mystery novel Tokyo Lives (see 'Website' link).

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