My friend's grandmother had passed away, and my friend and her mother were sorting her possessions and throwing away things. My friend was going through a stack of women's magazines and found an article on Japanese sex toys in a recent issue of Chatelaine (apparently the Canadian equivalent of Cosmo). "My god!" she thought. "My grandmother read this??" Curious, she paged through the piece.

Those of you who are into such things know the incredible design sense that Japanese toy manufacturers bring to their products. It turns out that the same is true of Japanese sex toy manufacturers. Vibrators in particular are quite artistic: they are brightly colored, are often made of translucent plastic or rubber, bejeweled with glittering studs, and sometimes feature an animal figure like a panther, elephant, or unicorn for extra stimulation.

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