Ai Nihon 愛日本: Hey Joe, where do you get right size condoms in Japan?

- October 10, 2012 - 0

The pursuit of buying the right latex barrier contraception, in short condoms in Japan isn’t easy. Imagine being a gaijin (non-Japanese), walking through pharmacies or convenience stores browsing for condoms with the right size and reluctantly if you had to ask someone for assistance, it must be a guy. And yes, only men would understand.

Of course, no man should live off his gal for condoms. But if you’re not getting laid in Japan just because you’re afraid to ask in a different language or can’t figure out what’s written on a box, that’s not the barrier that you would have in mind or perhaps it’s only a flashback when we’re all teenagers.

Gundam Condom Series – (check out the names)

Finding condoms isn’t exactly a barrier, they can be found anywhere from stores to vending machines. The annoying part comes when you’re trying to figure out measurements of Japanese condoms. Contrary to the believe that condoms in Japan and the rest of Asia are smaller and tighter than Western brands of similar diameter, this isn’t true as each brand comes with different general shape and size.


Okamoto Condoms

As usual, most condom boxes do not include numbers anywhere on the packaging that is easy to be identified. You would only know if the size works after you buying and putting them on or perhaps do your research online that links to mostly negative results.

Nakanishi Condoms

Most Japanese condoms fall between the diameters range (not circumference) of 30 to 50mm. However, packages are only labeled with size information of regular, L or XL – interestingly there aren’t any S or M in stores perhaps due to consumers’ inferiority complex. Condom packaging aren’t helpful at all even if you do understand Japanese as there are often ambiguous and differ according to brands.

Durex condoms in Japan may seem to follow Western size. Sizes of other brands such as Kimono, Okamoto and Sagami usually differ from each other. On a general rule, 34mm is considered as a regular while 38mm is large and 44mm above are categorized under extreme large in Japan.

Most stores are usually stocked up with 44mm condoms. Although manufactures usually label their condoms as large, in reality they might be considered as standard size when compared to other brands, as there isn’t any regulated size chart for manufactures to follow.

The price of condoms in Japan is similar compared to the rest of the world. It cost about 1000¥ (USD 13) for a 6 pack while a pack of 12 usually cost up to 1700¥ (USD 21).

If you can’t figure out which size fits best, try them out – although it is hilarious to buy boxes of condoms to figure out if they fit well.

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  • Bigjoe October 16, 2012 - 11:56 pm Reply

    This post is pretty funny due to linking anime series to condoms and the illustrations on the boxes; BUT this is also down right educational. I would have NEVER known this stuff lol

  • ben white June 16, 2015 - 3:16 am Reply

    This post is very insightful. Thanks for the information. The okamoto big boy series are available here as well:

  • californiaflip August 29, 2015 - 3:00 pm Reply

    The okamoto big boy condoms are actually quite small. I was on vacation with my partner and I forgot to bring my Magnum condoms. I couldn’t fit them on when erect. Short and tight. Even the one with the elephant picture was tight. We eventually settled on the tight but useable Durex Comfort.

  • Zionosis July 29, 2016 - 6:14 pm Reply

    This post is rather stupid for one reason.
    1. You actually infer that east Asian countries should use S,M,L sizes in regards to western sizes.

    Then you go so far as to infer an inferiority complex 0_o.

    No offense but all regions will label small, medium and large in accordance to the avearge sizes of that region and people.

    Let me give you a good example, western countries use sizes copmarative to the average size among western men.

    Western men’s “large” size condoms would only be “regular/medium” for men in the Congo of Africa.

    Of course western countries aren’t going to use (small, medium and large) based on African peoples sizes, they use it based on their own.

    So don’t infer that east Asians using their own relative (small, medium and large) is to do with an inferiority complex.

    It’s no different to in east Asia being 6’1” tall is considered tall for there. Where as in the Netherlands in Europe it’s considered pretty normal.
    East Asians don’t say 6’1” is tall because of “inferiority complex” they say it’s tall because for their region it is tall. Get it?

    • Jon Holden February 16, 2017 - 9:44 am Reply

      Pretty sure he was speaking in generalities.
      I’m guessing that any guy, regardless of nationality, wouldn’t want to approach the counter (or worse, have to ask the cashier) with a box of small size rubbers…

  • Kelly July 29, 2016 - 6:46 pm Reply

    There are actually bigger condoms in Japan than this page written by some western guy claims.

    In fact if the biggest size was 44mm then most of those Japanese pornstar guys with fat penises wouldn’t be able to get a condom in their own country.

    The reality is that in Japan you can buy larger than 44mm.

    You can buy 46mm ones.

    You can also buy 50mm Okamoto branded ones.

    The largest condom size available in Japan is 60mm.
    Which is far fatter than the average size in any western country.

    The average size in western countries is about 44mm I would say, which is the lower end of large in Japan.

    The upper end of large in Japan being 50-60mm is large in western countries and most guys don’t have penises in western countries that need that size.

    Of course the largest size condoms in western countries are around 69mm and is considered xxxl.

    So don’t misrepresent, Japs may be shorter in length. But many of them are pretty thick.

    It’s just as annoying when I see a white man who is like 5’10” think he is tall and think he is epic or something. I am like……… Bro, there are so many Japanese taller than you and you are only 1.5 inches taller than their average.

    I have been with Japanese men, one was small. But I was with one guy who was quite fat in size, fatter than any white guy I had ever been with anyway.

  • Jon Holden February 16, 2017 - 9:42 am Reply

    Damn, 34mm diameter is regular?
    I’m not exactly a pornstar down there but my dick would explode through that…

  • muna March 18, 2022 - 10:23 am Reply

    It’s not NOMINAL WIDTH (3.14r) but DIAMETER (2r)
    So 34mm in Japan is as thick as 53mm in other countries

  • muna March 18, 2022 - 10:30 am Reply

    The sizes of condoms are indicated as the DIAMETER (2r) in Japan, and the NOMINAL WIDTH (3.14r) in other countries
    So 44mm in Japan is as thick as 69mm (at the head part) in other countries

  • muna March 18, 2022 - 10:30 am Reply

    It’s not NOMINAL WIDTH (3.14r) but DIAMETER (2r)
    So 34mm in Japan is as thick as 53mm in other countries

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