If you’re a woman looking for a girls-only bar where you can talk about love and sex without any inhibitions, the Love Joule female self-pleasuring bar in Tokyo’s Shibuya entertainment district might be the perfect place.
Japan is known for its wide array of weird bars and restaurants, so it should come as no surprise it now has its very own “love and sex bar dedicated to women”. It’s known as Tokyo’s masturbation bar, and judging by the female self-pleasuring toys put on display behind the bar, you’d be tempted to think it’s nothing but a fancy sex shop. In reality, Love Joule is just a place where women can come and talk about topics that have long been regarded as taboo in the Japanese culture, without feeling embarrassed or worrying about social repercussions. “Once they take a seat, customers are able to experience a pleasant place in which they can openly discuss masturbation,” says owner Megumi Nakagawa. “Since most people view female masturbation as something of a mystery or taboo, it is not a usual topic at typical bars.”
Love Joule has already become a popular Tokyo venue for women looking for a place that encourages them to be more open about their sexuality, but also for those looking to avoid getting hit-on by men. “I go because it is a safe place and I don’t have to worry about trying to brush off men all the time,” one visitor said. “Add in that it is also a great place to drink and talk about what we women love to talk about, sex and guys, that’s also a big pull.” That’s actually one of the most appealing things about this offbeat bar – there are no men allowed, unless they’re accompanying a woman. So single men will just have to wonder what’s going on inside every time they pass by Love Joule.