By Toshi Maeda
When the 45-year-old, who uses a pseudonym of Ta-Bo, returns home, it's not a wife or girlfriend who await him, but a row of dolls lined up neatly on his sofa.
Each has a name. Ta-Bo often watches television with his toys before bathing them, powdering them so that their skin feels more human, dressing them in lingerie and then taking them to bed.
"A human girl can cheat on you or betray you sometimes, but these dolls never do those thing. They belong to me 100 percent," says the engineer who has spent more than 2 million yen ($16,000) over the past decade on the dolls.
"Sometimes it takes too much time before I can have sex with the person I meet. But with these dolls, it's just a matter of a click of the mouse. With one click, they are delivered to you."
The man, who says he has had sex with five women but prefers the dolls, is one of a gradually increasing, though secretive, group of Japanese men who have given up on women.
Finally. Someone who is not going to let the whole social norm of ‘only fucking other people’ get in his way. He’s taking the road less traveled. Sure he can’t ‘go on dates outside his flat’ and can’t ‘have children’ or ‘conversations.’ Be he’s getting what he’s after, bathing and then porking inanimate objects. And it’s not like he hasn’t tried the real thing. He puts his number of ‘conquests’ at 5 (we're guessing more like 2). Which means he has basically run the gamut of the male-female intercourse possibilities. And who want to deal with the condoms, the ‘should I sleep over or go home’ hassle and the ‘what happens if I’m unable to perform’ situation? Evidently the number of Japanese men in Ta-Bo’s situation is increasing and, weird, the population of Japan is aging rapidly.