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The Top 10 Weirdest and Funniest Japanese Condoms

Japan asks: Why does playing safe have to be boring?Japan asks: Why does playing safe have to be boring?

Condoms have a long history in Japan, beginning with the earliest versions which were made from leather (!), tortoise shells (!!) or even horns (!!!)... is this where the expression "Are you horny?" came from?

Thankfully, condom technology has advanced to the point where 580 million condoms are sold each year in Japan and competition within the industry is, er, stiff. Indeed, Japan boasts more condoms used per person per year than any other country. To get ahead in the race for safe sex supremacy, Japanese consumers are being treated to innovative market thrusts that are by turns interesting, unusual and downright weird. So, leave that poor turtle alone and come with us (ahem), as we count down The Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Condoms!

 

10) Astrology Condoms, for those with Crystal Balls


Hey baby, what's your sign?Hey baby, what's your sign?
This cute condom package evokes traditional Japanese themes to create a modern day version of the Floating World. No telling if the actual condoms are styled to resemble the pair of piscine prophylactics on the package - or, for that matter, if they're fish-flavored. Hopefully not, on both counts. (condom via Bibi's Box )

 

 

9) Candy is Dandy, but Condoms are a Girl's Best Friend


"Have a break..." uh oh!"Have a break..." uh oh!
The obvious thing to do, then, is to combine the best attributes of both... but maybe it's best to get your legal department's OK before running off thousands of Kit Sack condoms. Sure, have a break... wait a minute, these are condoms! And no, I refuse to make any "Hershey Highway" references, so let's not even go there. (condom via boingboing )

 

 

8) Fe+Male Condoms, for the Gender-Ambivalent or the Iron-Poor


The first Unisex condom?The first Unisex condom?
Okamoto condoms is one of Japan's leading brands, so you'd think they'd invest in an English-speaking copyeditor to proofread their new products. These Fe+Male condoms are a case in point... are they for males, females, Iron Man or what?? My wife's multivitamins have Fe+ on the bottle, so are these condoms iron-enriched as well? And if so, is there a problem with rusting? (condom via Condom Depot )

 

 

7) Designer Condoms by Radical Suzuki


Designer wrappers for wrappersDesigner wrappers for wrappers
Is that a Suzuki in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? In the bedroom or in your wallet, count on Tokyo Art Condoms by Radical Suzuki to make a good impression - not just a circular one. These look so good it seems a shame to rip them open. Not only are the packages appealing, the condoms themselves are attractively tinted and pleasingly flavored in peach, melon and plain. Plain? (condom via Compact Impact )

 

 

6) I thought Anime Otaku don't get Dates...



But on the off chance a fateful meeting of obsessed otaku-tachi or carnal cosplayers turns into something romantic, whip out your Gundam condoms! Available in 4 different package designs, each featuring a different "condomonster". Gundam condoms (try saying that six times quickly) show that when nerds eventually do it, they do it in style! (condom via Dannychoo )

 

 

5) Grace Condoms, for when Company comes...


Nothing says "Elegance" like latexNothing says "Elegance" like latex
Advertisers have tried to give an upscale aura to condoms before, but are we really ready to see a box of them displayed alongside lamps, plants and other household brick-a-brack? Will the boss and his wife (or her hubby) be impressed with your good taste when they arrive for dinner & drinks? If not, could it lead to your dis-grace? (condom via Alibaba )

 

 

Comments
Jul 17, 2007
by Irvan (not verified)

wow, kit kat condom. very

wow, kit kat condom. very interesting stuff. :D

-IT-

Jul 17, 2007
by ccmixph (not verified)

have a break, have a kit

have a break, have a kit sack! hehe

Jul 17, 2007
by TV Online (not verified)

Zombie Condom

Is that the same Suzuki as the automobile/bike manufacturer?

Jul 17, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Comment

Please dont break me off a piece of this kit sack bar!!!

Jul 17, 2007
by The Daniel (not verified)

Duh

Fe+ Male = IRON MAN

Jul 17, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
Steve Levenstein's picture

Duh Duh

Thanks, "The Daniel", for that inspiring buzz-kill. Now run along and find that sense of humor you misplaced :o)

Jul 17, 2007
by Patrick Carroll (not verified)

"Super Big Boy"

Perfect for the smallest cocks in Asia.

Jul 17, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
Steve Levenstein's picture

If you say so...

I'll take your word for it, Patrick, you seem to be an authority on the subject.

Jul 19, 2007
by Anonymous Wacko Jacko (not verified)

Kit Sack

For milky substances inside and out?

Jul 19, 2007
by Nick (not verified)

Condoms in Japan - Some Advice

You might laugh at "Super Big Boys" and other "L" or "XL" condoms, but most Westerners in Japan (and some Japanese too) actually need them.

Before the Supers there were regular "Big Boys" sporting an image of a large middle-eastern-looking nose - a classic reference to gaijin (foreigners). They were a bit tight, but actually usable in contrast to regular local brands.

So be warned. If you're heading to Japan, BYO or shop carefully.

Jul 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

WTF?

Some of these stories proves the editor is simply an idiot. Maybe he/she or he and she doesnt get any to really understand the creative insight from these products.

Jul 20, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
Steve Levenstein's picture

Dumb & dumber

Who says the designs aren't creative? They are - and humorous as well. The previous poster, proud to be "anonymous" just doesn't get it... or "any", in all likelihood. 

Jul 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

hmm... Steve, that odor

hmm... Steve, that odor thing is for the ladies. I hope you're more sensitive in the sack than you are on your blog. WE give head usually and if you're not monogamous you should always use a condom.

 

but I assume you know that because you don't question the flavoured condoms.

 

anyway, granted these are some pretty strange condoms but not the strangest or funniest in Japan. just the otaku internet.

Jul 20, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
Steve Levenstein's picture

Ask me no questions, i'll tell you no lies

Such a tease... we're all looking forward to YOUR list. Bring it on!

Aug 8, 2007
by weirdbase.blogspot.com (not verified)

Asians are really doing weird things..

but that's nice :))

Aug 15, 2007
by Anonymous22 (not verified)

JAPANS are SICK!

JAPANS are SICK!

Aug 16, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

You mean Japanese, you

You mean Japanese, you inbred hick?

Aug 21, 2007
by Saturn clutch kit (not verified)

cool

these japanese are very creative.

Nov 20, 2007
by Tracy (not verified)

Japanese Condoms

Japanese condoms are among the finest in the world. In fact, the best and most innovative condoms available today are actually from Japan. You can buy Japanese condoms in UK's leading condom store. www.CondomEmpire.com. Use them, and you won't want to use other condoms!

Apr 17, 2008
by Anonymous

hey

there alsome you freak

Jul 29, 2008
by Anonymous

To be fair....

Half of those condoms are sold as kind of novelty items in a store called "Condomania" or somesuch - it's like a spencer's gifts but only for condoms.

"Super Big Boy" and "Power Black" are the real deal however.

Aug 5, 2008
by Anonymous

Good idea!

I think the U.S. could learn a thing or two from this approach to marketing condoms. Having a cute cartoon character or a colorful, happy wrapper eases some of the tension and stigma that seems to surround contraception in our country. One Condoms (onecondoms.com) is the only brand that I have found that realizes this and has shifted the focus of their packaging from being less utilitarian and plain (That means you,Trojan) to being more welcoming and clever in it's design.

Aug 17, 2008
by Anonymous

Kit Sack

So is that a 2 finger or a 4 finger? XD

Nov 17, 2008
by Anonymous

BTW...

the term "horny" actually comes from the Pagan horned god, Cerunnous. He had a ram's head, and the horns were a symbol of his (and men's) virility. From this, we also get the two handed "bunny ears" that people sometimes use in photographs, behind people's heads. It actually means, "Hey, you have a high sperm count!" This is also where we get the cornucopia from. Just thought you should know that fun little fact. ^.^