Dressing Up Dick
The Japanese art of Kokigami
Published September 29, 1999 in Crave

In days of yore, Japanese men of the upper classes would wrap their penises in layers of cloth before going to bed with their wives and mistresses. This was because the more complex a man could make his wrapping, the longer his wife might take to unwrap that "gift" -- thereby prolonging the pleasure. Out of this subtle and creative foreplay, kokigami, the art of paper penis costumes, was born.

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... by Cara Bruce
... by m. i. blue
... in the Crave section
... from September 29, 1999

These days, it is typical to consult a kokigami book, much like a book of cutout clothes for dolls, choose the totem that suits you best, adjust for size, and add any little touches of your own that feel appropriate: feathers, bits of cloth, duct tape. Each comes with a serifu, a kind of script that's used during play full of puns and attitude and sexual innuendo, consisting of the Call ("Arf! Arf! Arf!"), the Response ("What a pretty doggie! Does he want to be scratched behind the ears? Can he roll over? Bad doggie! Go to the dog house!"), and some suggestions about what to do and how to move while the dick is in costume.

Here at GettingIt, we realize that nothing helps you understand a craft more then actually trying it. Therefore, we have provided a few examples of the more traditional kokigami and added a special one of our own. So print out the diagram, cut along the dotted lines, and insert Tab A into Slot B.

RYU: The Dragon [ For PC / Mac ]
The crafty Dragon likes to breathe his fire into the dark jeweled cave. Ravaging, vengeful, sly.

THE CALL: "Where are my precious jewels? My treasures? My trophies? Are they hidden in your dark cave?"
THE REPLY: "Come on hot stuff! Careful the iron gates don't snap shut and sever your burning tongue!"
THE PLAY: With arms outstretched and fingers curled like claws, move forward warily with the knees bent. The hips may be flicked about spasmodically accompanied by the low seductive roar of a raging furnace.

SAKANA: The Fish [ For PC / Mac ]
The playful Fish likes to wriggle through the weeds and dart into crevices. Fun-loving, alert, sleek.

THE CALL: "Hey little sea anemone, your tiny red tentacles can't catch me!"
THE REPLY: "Can't they just! Let's wait and see!"
THE PLAY: With arms held out from the body to simulate fins, dart enticingly about in front of your partner making cheeky bubble sounds through protruding lips.

MIKAKIUNINHIKOUBUTTAI: The UFO [ For PC / Mac ]
The flashing lights of the UFO dip and flicker around the nighttime sky. Mysterious, shiny, exotic.

THE CALL: "Where are you little alien? Let me find you with my probe!"
THE REPLY: "Come on stranger! Let's just see about you invading me!"
THE PLAY: Clasp your hands above your head, bounce seductively while bleeping and blinking your eyes and occasionally twirling.

m.i. blue writes, performs, and produces shows in San Francisco. He has produced the weird and successful *wordfuck* and *dadafest* series, stories for Future Sex and Noirotica2, as well as the informational pamphlet, "How To Blow Up A Church."

Cara Bruce is a Senior Editor at GettingIt.

The book Kokigami was written by Burton Silver, illustrated by Heather Busch, and published by Ten Speed Press.