You have probably heard about silicone dolls before, if you haven’t heard of them, then don’t worry, it’s not the sort of thing that people would be comfortable enough talking about if they had them. Well, like most people, you probably think that silicone dolls are owned by creepy old perverts who hide them under their beds and pull them out when they are ready for a good time.
The silicone doll industry is currently a multi-billion-industry company, with one doll selling close to $25,000 in LA. If you thought only the crazies were into spending quality time with a lifeless life sized human looking doll, then you are wrong.
These dolls have gotten so popular that a 45-year-old physiotherapist shares his bed under the same roof as his wife and daughter in Tokyo. This man has grown so fond of his doll Mayu that he takes it for dates and dresses her in expensive clothes and jewelry.
To keep his love life flourishing, Japanese physiotherapist Masayuki Ozak decided to get a RealDoll, an anatomically correct and actual-sized silicone women or men to order. The original love doll comes with features catered by the customer, and they are getting more and more advanced every year, with the growth of artificial intelligence.
Masayuki, 45, said:
After my wife gave birth we stopped having sex and I felt a deep sense of loneliness.
But the moment I saw Mayu in the showroom, it was love at first sight.
My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. These days she puts up with it, reluctantly.
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.
Masayuki, who works as a physio, takes his doll out on dates in a wheelchair and dresses her in wigs, sexy clothes and jewellery.
He admits to being turned off by human relationships, adding during a seaside stroll with his rubber companion:
Japanese women are cold-hearted.
They’re very selfish. Men want someone to listen to them without grumbling when they get home from work.
Whatever problems I have, Mayu is always there waiting for me. I love her to bits and want to be with her for ever.
I can’t imagine going back to a human being. I want to be buried with her and take her to heaven.
He is one of an increasing number of Japanese men turning to romantic relationships with sex dolls in a country that has officially lost its mojo.
Experts are worried by Japan’s plummeting birth rate, which poses serious problems for the future of the economy as it faces a dwindling number of workers.
Hideo Tsuchiya, managing director of doll maker Orient Industry, said:
Technology has come a long way since those nasty inflatable dolls in the 1970s.
They look incredibly real now and it feels like you’re touching human skin. More men are buying them because they feel they can actually communicate with the dolls.
They are popular with disabled customers and widowers, as well as mannequin fetishists, and some men use dolls to avoid heartache.