Japan has a reputation for being quite an eccentric country. From panty vending machines to “love hotels” and massage parlors, the Japanese never fail to capture the imagination. One thing that comes to mind a lot of times when Japan is mentioned is tentacle porn. This odd genre of porn probably has you asking why anyone would want to have sex with tentacles. Or if watching it means you have an octopus fetish. Is having sex with tentacles weird?

Before we get to answer this profound question, let’s take a look at how the genre came into existence.

It would surprise you to find that tentacle porn has existed for centuries. Long before the days of the internet, the Japanese depicted scenes of tentacles in the Japanese “shunga” style. Shunga is an ancient art style involving erotic woodblock carvings. It’s basically the granddaddy of hentai. Perhaps the most popular shunga artwork depicting scenes of hot tentacle sex is The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife by Katsushika Hokusai. It depicts a woman getting at it with two octopi.

Modern tentacle porn owes its existence to a crafty manga artist trying to beat Japan’s strict censorship laws. Despite its booming sex industry, Japan has some of the strictest censorship laws. This began in the Meiji era with a ban on “obscenity.” This made it illegal to depict genitals and even pubic hair without some form of censorship. Toshi Maeda the “Tentacle master” then used tentacles as a replacement for male genitals in a bid to escape censorship. Since then the popularity of the genre has exploded, with tentacle porn even becoming synonymous with Japan.

These days, the genre has expanded with octopi being replaced by space aliens, demons and robots violating the orifices of hot women. There are even some live action adaptations of tentacle porn. A prominent example is a scene from the cult classic, Evil Dead. In that scene, a character is raped by a possessed tree using its branches just like tentacles.

So why are people into tentacle porn?

Perhaps it’s the taboo nature of the genre or maybe a reflection of deep dark fantasies involving bondage and forced sex. Another reason could be the sheer absurdity of it all. There is no wide consensus about why people watch tentacle porn.

Whatever your choice is, there’s probably a type of tentacle porn out there that fits your taste.

Tentacles have become synonymous with hentai with La Blue girl and Legend of the Overfiend being amongst the most popular tentacle hentai. Other examples of tentacle porn include X1999, an example of tentacles on things other than sea creatures. In this hentai, a sentient computer falls in love with its owner. Its cables take the place of tentacles. The popular series Berserk (though not hentai) took a darker turn depicting a brutal rape scene involving tentacles. There’re countless examples of tentacle porn scenes with even non-erotic manga and anime depicting or parodying tentacles.