back to top

The Japanese Artist Who Made A Vagina Kayak Was Convicted Of Obscenity

A Tokyo court ruled that while the artist's vagina-shaped objects were "art," she was guilty of obscenity for digitally distributing 3D scans of her vagina that could sexually arouse users.

Posted on

As part of the project, Igarashi scanned her vagina with a 3D printer that then created a kayak-sized model.

"I was able to row in a boat modeled after my own vagina," Igarashi said on her website.


Judge Mihoko Tanabe said "the data realistically reproduces the shape [of the genitalia] and stimulates the viewers' sexual desire," The Mainichi, a Japanese newspaper, reported.


She has appealed the guilty verdict, she told BuzzFeed News Monday.

"As an artist, I focus on my own vagina as the motif for my art," Igarashi said on her website. She said that while the penis has become part of Japanese pop culture, the vagina is still a taboo in society.

"[The] vagina has been thought to be obscene because it's been overly hidden; Although it is just a part of a woman's body," Igarashi said. "I wanted to make [the] vagina more casual and pop."

Igarashi who has made a vagina lampshade, a remote-controlled vagina car, and a vagina smartphone case, among other accessories, told BuzzFeed News that she will continue to make art work that "would challenge various injustices that exist in society."

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at

バズフィード・ジャパン ニュース記者

Contact Kazuki Watanabe at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.