February is always so cold in Japan. This winter has seen record snowfall across the country. Akihabara, Tokyo's geek mecca, has a way to warm up: hot underpants.
Earlier this month and for a limited time only, sex toy shop M's Akihabara sold piping hot stripped underpants. Priced at ¥800 (US$10.44), the hot panties came in three colours: pink, green, and blue.
The young lady staffing the stand even served up each "hot shima pan" as if were a meat bun, picking up the rolled garments with tongs, and putting it in wrapping paper. Puns abound as "pan" here refers to "pantsu" or underpants; "pan" (パン) is also Japanese for bread.
The stripped drawers were kept warm under heat lamps — the kind you usually see at Japanese convenience stores housing meat buns — which boasted that they underpants were fresh (from the oven), tongue planted firmly in cheek.
ついに出た。人肌に温めた「ホット縞パン」。冬はHOTで [Akiba Blog]