The History of Tenga
By far the most famous Japanese company making male self-pleasure aids, TENGA was founded in 2005 by former auto employee Koichi Matsumoto, who was successful in his job selling used cars to international markets, but who also had the desire to create something new. One day he went into an adult shop and looked at the sorry state of sex toys sold at the time. He realized there was no progress being made in the industry, either in the products themselves or in the packaging and marketing surrounding them, as if masturbation were something so shameful that customers didn’t deserve well-designed products. In short, the industry at the time did not respect their own customers enough to give them the high-class masturbation experience they deserved, which was something Koichi decided to change.
TENGA is written in kanji as 典雅, and it’s a word that translates as refined grace and elegance. The word is usually reserved for beautiful traditional Japanese things such as kimono and traditional dance, but was repurposed to be a brand of extremely high-quality adult goods.
So let’s look at the top-selling TENGA products on J-List, and I’ll give my recommendations on each of them!
Even if you knew nothing about Japanese masturbation toys, you’ll know the company’s iconic TENGA red-and-silver Deep Throat Cup. The company’s first product, the “U.S.” version came out after international users found the original version to be too small for them.
Peter’s Recommendation: I’ll surprise you by saying that the TENGA cup products are the products I recommend least often. While they’re fine for a quick fap, they’re truly single-use and impossible to clean. Get one if you’re curious, but consider the other items on this list instead.
Another of the company’s iconic products, TENGA Egg is great: an inexpensive masturbation sleeve that comes with lotion inside a foil packet, which has different inner designs (grooves, wavy stripes, large and small dots) that match the design on the packaging. You can experiment with these eggs (thick or thick, soft or firm, plus the various internal designs) and decide which you like best. While the company says TENGA Eggs are single-use, I find you can get about 2-3 months before they need replacing.
Basically, you pull the stretchy egg over your member and commence your usual happy time. In many ways it’s the best fapping tool in the world, since it’s cheap and unobtrusive and can be taken anywhere. Additionally, it’s an outstanding aid for anyone with ED, as the pressure of the egg can really give guys an assist if they need one. Girls can use them inverted over a vibrator too!
Peter’s Recommendation: I never go on a business trip without two or three in my suitcase.
The Cadillac of masturbation aids from Japan, the TENGA FLIP HOLE looks like something that fell through a wormhole from the 23rd century, and if you photoshopped one onto the bridge of the Enterprise, it wouldn’t look out of place at all.
The TENGA FLIP HOLE looks complex at first. It’s a cylinder with a soft opening at the end, which you insert your penis into, enjoying all the high-tech design the company has made for you.You can also push the buttons while using the device to adjust the experience. When you’re done, crack it open as shown above to clean with water.
Peter’s Recommendation: A truly outstanding piece of technology.
If you want a more modern take on the above, consider the TENGA FLIP ORB series, which comes in various versions with slightly different interior designs. The concept is the same — a well-designed fapping aid that looks like it came from the future, which can be opened for easy cleaning and drying.
Peter’s Recommendation: An awesome update to one of the top-selling products in J-List’s history. Since it’s so easy to clean you could get years of use out of it, making it a great buy.
If you want to spend a little less money but still get a really high-tech sex toy, consider the TENGA SPINNER series. It’s simple, comes in three different variations, and is extremely easy to clean after use.
Peter’s Recommendation: An outstanding approach from TENGA.
While the company is famous for its masturbation products, TENGA also makes great “hole lotion” with highly designed bottles for easy use. These lotion products come in variations like “Wild,” “Natural Wet” and “Rich Aqua.”
Peter’s Recommendation: Though there are more popular lotion products on J-List, like “scented” lotion products that add an extra layer of realism, TENGA’s lotion is a great go-to for whenever you need to take the edge off life.
While the Iroha Mini is the best female massager we’ve ever sold — I’ve often had female customers buy them from us at conventions then swing by the next day to express how happy they to finally find a vibrator strong enough to bring them to orgasm reliably — I just love the design of the Iroha Zen series. Makes me wish I had a vagina to try it out on.
Peter’s Recommendation: If you’re looking for a high-quality massager that you can display as an objet d’art when not in use, look no further.
Finally there’s the TENGA Robo series, including the above transformable toy, plus a slightly more awesome Mazinger Z TENGA Robo. Because of course there is.
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