He is married, but infatuated with his sex doll: “I want to be buried with her”

“The moment I saw Mayu in the showroom, it was love at first sight,” the 45-year-old physical therapist says of his doll. After the birth of his daughter, the relationship between him and his wife cooled. He found the solution in rubber sex doll Mayu, who now lives with the family as a full family member.
Japanese Masayuki Ozaki felt “a deep sense of emptiness” after intimacy disappeared from his marriage. “After my wife gave birth, we stopped having sex,” the 45-year-old physical therapist told AFP.

He found solace in the life-size doll Mayu, with whom he now shares the bed every night, under the same roof as his wife and teenage daughter in Tokyo. An arrangement that led to a lot of arguments before a precarious peace was reached within the home.

“My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. Nowadays she tolerates it, reluctantly,” Masayuki said. “When my daughter realized it wasn’t a giant Barbie doll, she thought it was gross. But now she is old enough to wear Mayu’s clothes.”

Masayuki is one of many Japanese men who resort to inanimate life partners to fill a romantic void. He also admits that human relationships do not excite him. “Japanese women are also so cold,” he explains. “They are very selfish. Men want someone who will listen to them without growling when they come home from work.”

“No matter what problem I have, Mayu is always there for me. I love her immensely and want to stay with her forever. I can’t imagine going back to a human being. I want to be buried with her and take her to heaven.”

Masayuki’s wife Riho tries to ignore the doll as much as possible. “I just take care of the household,” she sounds. “I make dinner, I clean, do laundry. I choose sleep over sex.”

Ever more real

Some 2,000 of the lifelike sex dolls are sold each year in Japan. Prices start at around $6,000 and the sex dolls come with customizable fingers, a detachable head and genitals.

“Technology has advanced tremendously since those awful blow-up dolls from the ’70s,” says Hideo Tsuchiya, manager of well-known doll maker Orient Industry. “They look incredibly real now and it even feels like you’re touching human skin.”

Not just sex

Yoshitaka Hyodo, former military man, is also a big fan of the lifelike sex dolls. He now owns more than ten and he dresses them in military uniforms to depict war fantasies. “People might think I’m weird, but it’s no different than collecting sports cars. I don’t know how much I’ve already spent on them, but it’s cheaper than a Lamborghini.”

For Yoshitaka, it’s not about sex anymore. “It’s mostly about the emotional connection for me now,” says the 43-year-old blogger.

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