If you’ve ever watched Asian porn, then you have most certainly noticed the censorship. Japanese pornography explores a wide variety of heterosexual, homosexual, and transgender sexual encounters. This is not counting the numerous unique fetishes. Once the actors start getting down and dirty, their naughty bits are pixelated.

According to Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code, it is illegal to share “indecent materials.” Japanese artistes in the adult industry have found a way to bypass this. They simply blur out the genitalia. Although, this may sound amusing to someone on the outside, strategically placed digital mosaics are a rising trend in Japan. They have been anyways over the last few years.

In spite of Japan’s current policy of pixelated porn, the country was far more progressive in its attitude towards sex before it was influenced by Western influence in the 19th century. If laws and cultural practices to subside obscenity are so influential, then nipples would be taboo in porn too, right? The answer is actually no. The country itself has had a surprising relationship with breasts. The answer to why they aren’t treated as forbidden a fruit as the lower counter parts might be found in observing the roots of Japanese porn.

Shunga or pornographic wood-block pictures were printed with all imaginable situations. As observed in shunga, not much difference is visible between the chests of both men and women who appear in the paintings. The only marker between them is either their dress or their genitalia. Unlike today’s society, which value big breasts, preserved shunga prints show that the Japanese never really eroticised boobs. However, this was dependent on class. It was not uncommon for Japanese women to be topless.

Asians are the most sexually hypocritic race in the whole world. They ban porn and consider porn as “taboo”. However, they are more hardcore sexually wild and pornographic than any of  Western society. The Japanese sex industry is one of the most diverse and colorful in the world and earns the country close to $100 billion each year. Japanese porn ventures where very few have dared to go. Despite the “Asian Blur”, the popularity of Asian porn continues to grow. Pixelated or not, you can still get your rocks off.