Hentai dictionary R-Z

リバシブル ribashiburu “reversible” Someone who can switch from Dominant to submissive roles. Knwon as “switch” in English Dom/sub slang

輪姦 rinkan “gangrape” Sex involving multiple partners in which men change sexual partners during the course of the act. Classic to Western pornography, scenes can involve double or triple penetration and various other things only possible with more than one. Remember, two’s company, three’s a crowd, but four is when you start to make the money.

リップシャヴィス rippu savisu “Lip Service” Refers to all sexual acts from kissing through French kissing to fellatio. Basically, anything involving lips can be termed “Lip service”.

ルーズソックス ruzu sokkusu “loose socks” This refers to the infamous loose socks worn exclusively by Japanese schoolgirls from the 1990s. The socks themselves originated from American manufacturers, who were aiming at the mountain climbing industry, but the market for young high school girls became viable after they were adopted as an “alternate school uniform”. It is not usual for other age groups to wear them – they seem to be exclusively high school. Also, since they are so loose, it is usual for girls to purchase “sock glue/adhesive” in order for them to stay up at all.

猟奇 ryouki “mutilation” defacing of a body using knives and other sharp objects – directly related to [guro] and can also be part of body remodeling [nikutaikaizou].

精水 seisui “spirit/holy water” – Euphemism for urine.

攻め seme “attack” Refers to the Dominant male in a gay [yaoi] relationship. Opposite to “uke”. Usually indistinguishable in appearance since most yaoi is depicted as “pretty boy” or “bishonen”, but in real life usually refers to the masculine rather than effeminate man. See [neko]

潜望鏡 senbokyo “periscope” Fellatio in the bath. Hilarious, I know. If you’ve ever heard of the term “Spot the submarine”, you’ll know what this is talking about. In this soapland practice, the girl takes a bath with her customer who flexes up at the hips so she can bend over and fellate him. Gotta make sure there’s no soap though – tastes disgusting…

千擦り senzuri “thousand strokes” – male masturbation. Also known as “shiko shiko” – onomatopoeia for the Western equivalent of “Fap fap”. See also [onani] for the female connotation.
シーメール shemale “shemale” similar in meaning to [newhalf]. Refers to either a male possessing distinct female personality and physiological characteristics, or a pre-op transsexual male who has received breast augmentation but still retains male genitalia. Comes directly from the Western term.

縛り shibari “to tie” Refers to any act of tying or binding with string or rope and has only recently passed into use for meaning the specific Japanese style of bondage in which the recipient is bound with intricate patterns of interweaving hemp or jute ropes restricting movement and promoting pain or pleasure. See also [kinbaku]. Interestingly, though Western bondage favours knots, traditional [kinbaku] has no knots at all, and modern versions make do with only simple knot types.

屍姦 shikan “necrophilia” Lust for dead bodies. Can be associated with [guro]. Technically, necrophilia refers to sexual acts done on bodies already dead, rather than the killing of same. I have no idea why this would be attractive but then again, I can’t empathise with the guro people either I suppose “not wanting to let go of a loved one” a little sprinkle of madness might explain it, or perhaps having complete control over someone’s body.

真珠 shinju “breast bondage” – referring to [kinbaku] type Japanese bondage applied to the breasts in which ropes entwine around the breasts, under the arms and back in such a way that they are squeezed in a stimulating way when the victim struggles. Also, it looks neat. As said before, it is rare for knots to be used in this kind of bondage.

潮吹き shiofuki “geyser/whale spouting” Female Ejaculation – another great euphemism where the Western terms are lewd and crude and the Japanese term is…fairly obscure to those not in the know. If “shiofuki” is expected, it is customary for the customer to shout “Thar she blows!” as it occurs. Actually, that is a lie.

したぎまニャ shitagi mania “panty mania” – obsession with panties. Not the dirty kind – the normal kind. (As opposed to [yogoreta shitagi] )

触手 shokushu “tentacles” Tentacles are a specific kind of bizarre [kikai] fetish specifically embodied in the landmark hentai Urotsukidoji in 1987 (First appearing in 1984 in “Obyoki Aki-chan” and “The Satisfaction”) as a method of getting around the strict Japanese censorship laws in which showing a woman getting penetrated by a man was BAD but getting raped by an octopus of mechanical appendage was A-OK. However, they did exist in Japanese erotic art and literature long before then – specifically in an 1820 woodcut print “Dreams of a Fisherman’s Wife” which involved a woman, one, no sorry, two octopi and… well, you can imagine the rest. So tentacle porn is well entrenched in Japanese culture and the progression to hentai seems to be more natural rather than revolutionary. Aficionados of the genre cite that the eroticism comes from the image of a girl being pleasured in many ways at the same time – otherwise impossible in real life due to steric hindrance.

ショタコン shotacon The opposite of [Lolicon], “shotacon”is a contraction of “Shotarou complex” of which “Shotarou” is a character taken from an old manga/anime series “Tetsujin 28-go”. In this series Shotarou is a young boy who nevertheless displays adult personality traits and works in the world of adults. “Shotacon” itself refers to people who prefer young boys (otherwise known as “Grecian love”) There are several types of shotacon, perhaps most commonly involving middle aged women and young boys or older men and young boys (more reminiscent of ancient Greek culture). It can also be used to refer to relationships depicted between underage girls and boys. Themes can involve cross dressing [josou].

春画 shunga Erotic wood block prints (ukiyo-e). Similar to the fashion in Europe in the early days of printing, where saucy French lithographs circulated amongst the gentry for masturbatory purposes (though their content would hardly even make post-watershed these days), in Japan there were similar affairs with their particular traditional art – ukiyo-e (basically, if you’ve seen classical Japanese art like the waves crashing or Mount Fuji, it’s ukiyo-e). Presumably, this also included [shuudo] related depictions. One might say this was the beginnings of the fanbase for yaoi fangirls…

衆道 shuudo The age-related structure of homosexuality in the Samurai period. Shuudo means “way of the young” and the system itself was similar to the oft-quoted mentoring systems of old in which older men befriended and sponsored younger boys who became their lovers as well as almost their sons (otherwise known as pederasty). The Japanese samurai had a similar tradition and it was strange for a man to say that he wasn’t with a young man in this way rather than vice versa. It also had a great following in the literature and the arts, with hundreds of titles published on the subject as well as some very saucy woodblock prints for the masturbatory pleasure of the ancestors of today’s yaoi fangirls.

ソープランド sopurando “soapland” – in any other country known as a brothel, soaplands exist at the very heights of the Japanese adult services (what all little prostitutes want to do when they grow up) – They are specifically brothels offering girls to wash a man for a fee as well as several other services revolving around sexual gratification ( but not including vaginal penetration). This is again to work around the loophole-filled Japanese prostitution laws which specifically prohibit the exchange of money for vaginal penetration. Darn bureaucrats and their clean minds!

素股 sumata “intercrural sex” or “femoral intercourse” – A service at soaplands, and occasionally seen in hentai as well – the intercrura refers to the space between the thighs when the legs are held together – i.e. holding the girl’s legs together while the penis is masturbated between them. A kind of “thigh-wank” if you will. Popular amongst customers who shied away from actual penetrative sex. After all, if it’s not in, you’re not cheating…

スッポン suppon Vaginal spasm – You can imagine this onomatopoeia. Girl: “Ah, ah! Iku!!!” SUPPON
玉蹴り tamakeri “ball kick” Either the masochistic act of gaining sexual satisfaction from having a beautiful lady kick you in the testicles or the sadistic act of gaining sexual pleasure from watching beautiful girls kick other poor men’s testicles. Presumably, there is an element of panty flashing involved, but I would say that this nestles safely within the S & M category of fetishes.

玉嘗め tamaname “ball lick” – To lick the balls.

剃毛 tei-mou “shaving” – In soaplands, this refers either to having your pubic hair shaved or shaving the girl’s pubic hair. I wouldn’t say that this was an S & M act – if anything, it would be more towards Dom/sub since it involves a rather large modicum of trust.

手コキ tekoki “handjob” – exactly what it says on the tin – to bring a man off with the hands. As opposed to [ashikoki] which is obviously “footjob”

テレクラ terekura “telephone club” – similar to the Western “dating hotlines” advertised in the glossies and late at night on Channel 5 (I can only assume it’s advertised all the time on American cable), in which you call up and talk to an ugly girl with a sweet voice for 2 minutes and get charged fifty pounds. In Japan, these are often fronts for the aforementioned teenage prostitution [enjo-kosai] as methods for older balding businessmen with busy lives and wives who don’t put out to meet horny young schoolgirls with a penchant for plastic.

唾シャンプウ tsubashanpu “spit shampoo” – Another Ronseal kind of fetish – although rather than the traditional girl sitting while men spit on her in a degrading, bukkake-esque scene, this refers to a fetish in which the man is held down and spat on by girls and women. Obviously, this preys on secret fantasies of submission and has several advantages over bukakke – the most obvious of which is that it tastes somewhat better and it doesn’t take multiple lather-rinse-repeats to get out in the shower afterwards.

壺洗い tsubo-arai lit”pot washing” – i.e. washing the vagina of your girl with soap and fingers. Part of the whole “sex in the bath” kind of fetish. The fact that the Japanese seem to spend most of their bathtimes out of the bath seems to lend itself to immoral goings-on anyway…

受け uke/ukemi “bottom/receiver” – the opposite of [seme]

裏本 urabon uncensored sex book

後ろ高手小手 ushiro takatokote (lit) ” behind high small hands” – the basic form of [kinbaku] in which the hands are bound behind the back so that the hands touch the elbow of the opposite side.

わかめ酒 wakamezake “seaweed sake” The act of drinking sake from the depressions in a woman’s body. One would envisage the appropriate points would be the depression of a sucked in stomach, from between breasts squeezed together and from the crotch with the thighs pressed together. Advocates of this would probably say that the sake takes on the womanly flavour and becomes a delicacy, but basically, it is a variation of the eating food off women fetish [nyotaimori] but with less presentation and more tongues.

ヲバリスト wobarisuto “rubberist” – one who likes to dress in rubber. Intimately associated with the Western BDSM culture, this commonly involves either Dominant men or women dressed in tight fitting rubber catsuits or submissives totally encased in rubber with only small holes for breathing (under the Dominant’s control). You can imagine that there are many ways in which this would stimulate – to name but a few: complete trust submission, sensory deprivation, erotic-asphyxiation etc. etc.

野外 yagai “outside” To perform a sexual act in public. This doesn’t have to be sex, but also includes urination, masturbation and public nudity. In this, the thrill for the man comes from the embarrassment of the girl and the domination of getting her to do unpleasant things or alternatively the voyeurism of watching public indecency. For the girl, there is usually a degree of exhibitionism deriving pleasure from embarrassment or a thrill from almost being caught.

やおい yaoi short for “yama nashi, ohi nashi, imi nashi” or “No climax, no punchline, no meaning” (though I would guess that most gay people you meet would tell you different!), refers to sex between men. This can take 2 main forms – Older man seducing younger inexperienced boys (similar to [shuudo or two bishonen (pretty boys) depicted as in a sexual relationship – much to the chagrin of the entire female cast. Yaoi is older and more popular than yuri (the female equivalent, discussed below) and you’ll find yaoi fangirls in the strangest places. For some reason, it seems to appeal more to girls than gay men. The equivalent in Western fandom is “slash” which encompasses both gay and lesbian pairings.

やりまん yariman “slut” – apparently one of the rudest words in Japan. It’s probably short for “doing it” and “10000” – as in “done it 10000 times”, but still lacking in a reference for that.

夜這い yobai lit: “night crawling” i.e.To sneak into your girlfriend’s bed to have sex. Much like the Milk Tray man in Western Folklore.

汚れた下着 yogoreta shitagi “dirty panty fetish” men who like used panties. There is in fact a thriving trade in used panties in Japan, the most famous of which are the “Used Panty Vending machines” in Tokyo, where you can buy panties guaranteed used by Japanese schoolgirls. Shady backstreet vendors will also sell these, often with pictures of the girl on the front, so you can see what you’re getting. In soaplands, service might include a girl taking off her panties for you and you either (paying a fee to) take them away or having her smell them . Needless to say, soiled panties (blood, urine, etc.) are probably worth more. In fact, you can sometimes ask for your attendant’s urine to take away when you visit a brothel (known as “teiku auto” )

百合 yuri “lily” – referring to lesbian relationships. Naturally, the opposite of yaoi. Yuri gets its name from the lily flower, which is white and pure – reflecting the purity of girls who shun men and therefore keep their virginity. The equivalent flower for yaoi is the rose. Also, it has two syllables, starts and ends with the same sounds and was coined after [yaoi]. As with yaoi, there are two main storylines – Sempai (upperclassman) seducing vulnerable young girls in the years below and just the plain girls of the same age group falling in love. Yuri has a much smaller fanbase than yaoi and seems to appeal both to girls and men. Catholic schoolgirls and childhood friends are common yuri fodder.

全裸 zenra “completely nude” – not unusual in pornography, you might say. Zenra refers to material in which girls are seen doing things that they would do everyday, such as vacuuming, going to work, talking on the phone etc. but completely nude. Similar in vein to the fetish in which girls are photographed in only one piece of clothing [hadaka]