Paradise TV Strives for Stupidity, Sex
The Paradise Series > Naked News > AIDS Prevention > Bikini News > King of Satellite Smut > Stupidity, Sex
Sleaze is not
the Captain’s bread and butter. Oh sure, some will
want to emphasize the
hostesses and used
panties of his past when the time comes to chisel his
tombstone. But those in the know realize that his stellar
international reputation has been carved by standard, honest
week, however, is another exception. Join him in Japan’s
temple of satellite television smut - Paradise
The television studio is a
sparse mix of a wall map and two green plants. As the weather
anchor begins reading the next day’s forecast - snow
in Niigata and sunny skies across Kanto - a gust of wind suddenly
knocks her to one side.
Though giggling slightly, the journalist straightens
her top-heavy frame and continues, fumbling a few lines but
maintaining eye contact with the rolling camera
while she firmly grips her notes.
The breeze increases, so much so that her black
skirt and white long sleeves suddenly disappear in the rush,
leaving the determined newswoman clad in only
lace panties and an extremely loose-fitting black bra
in which to announce the rain in Sendai.
Welcome to Paradise TV.
"Paradise is totally different from other
adult video channels,” explains manager of international
sales, Kenichiro Suzuki, from Paradise headquarters in a commercial
block of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. “We have many
more stupid shows. They (standard porn channels) sometimes
have them. But we concentrate on making them."
The chaos continues: flapping newspapers flutter
past (with one momentarily clinging to her forehead); snow
begins falling; and more clothing vanishes. In the end, she
is covered in a dusting of white flakes and a grin.
is what the channel’s subscribers want.
“The first few years were confusing,”
says Kenichiro of Paradise, which started its 24-hour broadcasting
in 1998. “Four or 5 years ago there was no marketing.
We just made whatever we wanted. But right now we just ask
our viewers: ‘What kind of program do you want to watch?’”
Their feedback has resulted in wacky, perverted
programming - Paradise’s trademark. This “stupid”
style has not only been a success domestically but it has
also gained a select following overseas. For Paradise, though,
pleasing their subscribers through both live and pre-recorded
shows is simply one factor; they also must - as surprising
as it might sound - maintain an element of decency.
The contents of the shows vary considerably.
One could be quite elaborate, such as a couple engaging in
collect-as-you-ejaculate sex (30,000 yen per) in a compartment
of a Shinkansen “bullet” train
as it travels between two stops, or as simple as a catfight
in their studio.
production cost is not the main factor in choosing what goes
on the air; instead customer demand can be a big influence.
A year ago Paradise had one or two live shows a day. Kenichiro
says that a lack of interest by subscribers has dropped the
amount to only 3 or 4 each week.
Paradise does not have any writers hired to
formulate the shows. Everyone within the staff of 80 - technicians,
producers, editors, cameramen, and administrators - contributes
5 or 6 new ideas a month that they think will please their
subscribers, many of whom receive the broadcasts in Japan
through satellite service SKY PerfecTV. Kenichiro concedes
that this lack of professionalism is one of the reasons why
the subject matter tends to remain free form.
Dressed in a baggy sweater and stringy
goatee, Kenichiro is a perfect reflection of that spirit.
He often punctuates his comments with hand gestures and clicking
noises from the corner of his mouth.
One of Paradise’s most popular ongoing
shows is “Watashi, Shojo Soshitsu Shimasu (I Will Lose
My Virginity)” - a two-hour live broadcast of a woman’s
first sexual encounter. So far over two dozen girls have lost
their virginity in Paradise.
in advance, a promo asking subscribers whether they would
want to see the first experience of a certain female virgin,
who receives a proper introduction during the spot, is interspersed
within Paradise’s programming. If the demand - as received
by email or phone - reaches a level deemed suitable, “we
go for it,” says Kenichiro, slapping his palms together.
The quality of the virgin eye candy is not
necessarily an issue for viewers. “If there is a beautiful
girl,” Kenichiro says and then pauses before continuing.
“Well, we don't have too many beautiful (virgin) girls.
Instead, interest can be fueled by a fetish
or trend. Eyewear, for example, has become a hot item.
“It looks more intelligent,” Kenichiro reasons.
(One show featuring a bespectacled Kyoto virgin - described
by Kenichiro as “a really nice girl who just never had
a chance” - has received many requests for replaying.)
The show is really two shows. One is the live
deflowering with a freelance actor; the other is a documentary about the girl’s life. A recent installment featured a girl from Hiroshima who was in the process of dutifully moving back to her parent’s home to work in the family hotel and enter into an arranged
In only a few cases is actual sex scene shown live in the first show. Instead, the initial show focuses more on foreplay with the actual act being shown in edited form in the second program. For allowing the Paradise audience to share in this special time, the girl typically will receive between 100,000 and 200,000 yen, with the male actor pocketing a tiny fraction of that amount.
second show is for the girl,” says Kenichiro earnestly
of the documentary. “We have to take care of her because
this is something that can only happen one time in life. We
cannot make fun of it.”
Just about any other topic imaginable is, however,
an open target. For example, lactation.
This past Valentine’s Day was a cooking
show of sorts. “Bonyu Matsuri (Mother’s Milk Festival)"
showcased recent mothers from within the local sex industry
pouring their hearts - and breast milk - into a batch of chocolate.
Afterwards a panel of tasters offered commentary on the product’s
quality. This same special ingredient has been used to cook
up cream stew and pancakes in past shows.
In 2003, news of Paradise’s unique cooking
technique reached Europe. After a broadcasting company in the U.K. paid Paradise
a licensing fee, its viewers were treated to a few minutes
of Japanese women being milked in a kitchen.
Kenichiro describes the international market
for distributing such programs as small. Though HBO, Shock
Video, and Comedy Central have all showcased Paradise material,
the reason for the general scarcity is that sending material
overseas is not simple.
cannot sell everything around the world because it depends
on religion and beliefs,” Kenichiro says. He adds that
Asians, American, and Europeans, for example, all have different
tastes and legal restrictions.
Kenichiro says that US audiences are accepting
of standard intercourse but branching out into fetish features
is generally not possible under strict US broadcasting rules.
For example, a title that showcased a woman
with the unique talent for simultaneously engaging in anal
and vaginal sex with large objects - the contents of the program
Kenichiro demonstrated by thrusting both of his fists in front
of himself - was returned to Kenichiro by a Hawaii cable company.
The Internet could possibly be an additional
niche market for such special material in the future, Kenichiro
hopes. As of now, the content on the Paradise
Web site generates a small fraction of the company's revenue.
Members, of which there are over 10,000, pay 2,000 yen per
month for a live feed of the standard broadcasts and various
straight-ahead porn fare, which Kenichiro says is needed because
many viewers demand to be erotically stimulated but sometimes
find it difficult with the standard stupid programming.
look behind the scenes at Paradise is a peek at the nuts and
bolts of the creation of a show. Hanging jackets, plastic
poles, rubber ducks and some of the props needed to create
the windstorm are scattered in various back areas amid photographers
taking seasonal promo photos of actresses for the Paradise
Prior to the weather broadcast, the weather
girl could be seen being prepped in a dressing room. Her long
sleeve shirt - cut up the back and rigged with fishing line
that the assistant director pulled midway through the broadcast
- was taped to her backside.
Paradise also has a bath (or ofuro)
that has been specifically constructed for set purposes. A
two-way mirror has been installed into one of the walls to
accommodate a camera and the bath area features ample space
for a crew to maneuver, a necessary consideration since live
(and topless) news reports are given from water level.
While this might sound like nonstop free flowing
fun, Kenichiro admits that the recording of a show is hardly
ever smooth. Sometimes amateur actresses quit without notice.
Other times professionals could be mismatched with a particular
role or arrive at the studio looking entirely different from
the promotion photos initially supplied by the outside production
company responsible for recruiting. He says that five or six
years ago, for example, it was very difficult to find a professional
who could perform multiple orifice sex scenes.
The Japanese law that prohibits
the showing of genitalia makes broadcasting live shows difficult.
For this, the primary solution is the implementation of a translucent shamoji, or large
rice spoon. With similar results as the "mosaic"
method typically used to scramble the image of genitalia
in recorded video and film in Japan, the cameraman partially
covers the lens with this spoon as he films any scenes that
might be objectionable.
regulations can make for creative programming. "Manko
News" is a - yet again, naked - news program. The word
manko in Japanese is a derogatory word for vagina but it is
also the name of a tidal wetland area in Okinawa. For this
program, which is very enthusiastically introduced at the
start as "Manko News," the announcer reads the day's
news in front of a large screen with projections of scenic
images from around Manko. A pitcher of orange juice has in
the past been strategically placed on a table in front of
her crotch area. Previous shows have used a bowl of ramen
with the director tucking in as the news was being read.
Other times, though, a law is a law. “Shinjuku
Nampa (Shinjuku Pickup)" was an extremely popular program
that was taken off the air a few months ago after a Tokyo
Municipal Government ordinance was changed last year to prohibit the
street solicitation of minors.
A group of six guys would venture out into
Shinjuku's entertainment areas on a Friday night after the
last train had passed in pursuit of drunk young girls interested
in returning to the studio for a little fun. After a few games
(maybe Twister or darts), cash prizes, perhaps 10,000 yen, would be given to girls who flash their bras. Things would then ideally escalate into sex sessions.
But, as Kenichiro admits, this proved difficult since
the girls were not professionals and usually not very sober.
The Paradise policy is to always keep it light.
Kozue Ikeda, the "Manko News" anchor
who works at Paradise twice a month, says this loose environment
is less stressful than her regular work as a porn actress.
“The other jobs are much more serious,”
she says, seated at the edge of the bathtub and wrapped in a white bathrobe. “This is really unpredictable.”
Note: Freedom Lohr of Tokyo
DV contributed to this report from the Tokyo Bureau. For
a video of the weather forecast go here.
The Paradise Series > Naked News > AIDS Prevention > Bikini News > King of Satellite Smut > Stupidity, Sex