Out of the driver's seat bounces a small, stocky man with bulging biceps, spiky orange hair, and a broad smile spread across his effulgent, spray-tanned face.
He bounds onto the pavement wearing a hoodie and a T-shirt that reads SEX INSTRUCTOR.
To his left, the mostly male crowd leans forward, en masse. " several shout, and a clatter of smartphone shutter sounds follows like a round of applause."Let's go," Shimiken whispers to a handler attempting to clear a path through the throng.
At 35, Shimiken is the king of Japanese porn, a $20 billion industry that produces more than double the number of adult films that America does.
The only problem: He's part of an endangered species—1 of only 70 (maybe just 30, by some estimates) male actors in a business that churns out thousands of videos a year—and while he keeps coming, the reinforcements don't.
Why won't anybody help this guy out, for fuck's sake?
On a sunny Saturday morning in eastern Tokyo, a silver Audi pulls into a parking lot and sparks pandemonium.
In 18 years and more than 7,000 films, Shimiken has refused only one scenario: having sex with an actress after she had sex with a dog.
(He agreed to a rewrite in which the dog merely licked butter off the woman before their scene.)Shimiken's catholic attitude toward kink, combined with what—in porn years—is an epic tenure, has earned him the widespread national recognition of a younger Ron Jeremy or a more seasoned James Deen.
The 50-year-old driver picking me up from the Tokyo airport hears his name and nods: "Shimiken? Or at least, his dick is." Everyone in the AV industry reveres both his name and his anatomy (16 centimeters—or 6.3 inches—per an online profile), though the latter is always pixelated.
It's the morning of the Japan Adult Expo, and the crowd has been waiting for tickets.
Inside, they'll get to meet the stars of their wildest fantasies.
Outside, they've already caught a glimpse of something rarer: the man who has actually lived them all.
At 35 years old, Shimiken is the king of Japanese porn, more often referred to here as AV (adult video), and there is essentially nothing he won't do or hasn't done while getting busy with more than 7,500 different female costars, including a former teen pop singer, Hungarian exchange students, and a pair of 72-year-old twins.