back to top

Japanese Artist Arrested While Crowdfunding For Her Vagina Kayak

A woman in Japan was allegedly arrested for breaking obscenity laws while crowdfunding for a 3D-printed "Pussy Boat."

Posted on

Japanese artist Rokudenashiko, whose real name is Megumi Igarashi, was crowdfunding her dream of making a kayak that was shaped like her vagina when she was reportedly arrested for breaking an obscenity law.

The 42-year-old allegedly broke Japanese obscenity laws by sending 3D printer data of her scanned vagina through email to over 30 people.

6d745.com

Those who contributed to the "Pussy Boat" crowdfunding project could get 3D scanned data of Rokudenashiko's privates.

She was arrested based on a law in Japan that makes it illegal to sell, distribute, or display “obscene objects.”

In Japan women's privates are not typically spoken about, so Rokudenashiko hopes to demistify female privates through her art.

6d745.com

"Vagina has been thought to be obscene because it has been overly hidden; although it is just a part of a woman’s body,” she explained. “I wanted to make the vagina more ‘casual’."

In Japanese female genitalia are referred to as the discrete "asako" ("down there"), while Rokudenashiko tries to use the more descriptive "manko" ("pussy"), which is heard as an extremely vulgar word.

For men, there are no words with the same taboo and instead many playful words for "penis" which are used by people of all ages without discretion.

"I don't think this is obscene," Rokudenashiko is quoted as saying by the police.

(´-`).。oO(シャキーン!

ろくでなし子@6d745

(´-`).。oO(シャキーン!

11:21 PM - 28 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There is a petition on Change.org that was started to release the artist, who is being held in Tokyo, and remove such obscenity laws.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

Contact Michelle Broder Van Dyke at michelle@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.