December 20th, 2006



For decades Japan's love hotels have provided a place for couples to enjoy anonymous, uninterrupted sex. Politician and secretary, teacher and student, husband and hooker – all are welcome, as long as they pay in cash and leave when the time limit is up. But 2006 spawned a new type of love hotel. Decorated with theme park interiors and equipped with game consoles, karaoke boxes and sex machines – these establishments provide kinky fun for all types, from fetishists and sadomasochists to the ordinary couple seeking sexual adventure. In her new book, Love Hotels, American photographer Misty Keasler portrays some of the newest, most creative love hotels in Japan…

The pink-and-white cherry-covered bedspread creates a kinky contrast with the blood red cuffs that adorn its four corners in the Hello Kitty S&M Room. A stuffed version of the celebrated pussy watches voyeuristically from her swing above.

EDIT: Click on the image to see some of the other rooms – although only this one is probably more disturbing than the Hello Kitty S&M Room.