Igarashi was previously cleared on one charge related to reproductions of her vagina, after selling plaster versions of the kayak at a sex shop in Tokyo. Her lawyers argued that the kayak did not obviously resemble female genitalia and could not be considered obscene.
Months later, she was arrested again, for creating and displaying plaster molds of her decorated vagina, and sending and selling discs containing the code to 3D print it.
The judge determined that the data which she distributed could “sexually arouse viewers” even though it was “flat and inorganic,” Kyodo News reported.
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“I thought it was just funny to decorate my [molded] pussy and make it a diorama, but I was very surprised to see how people get upset to see my works or even to hear me say manko,” she added. Manko is a Japanese form of slang for vagina.
Lawmakers in Japan have refused to outlaw pornographic images of children in manga and other graphic representations, citing “freedom of artistic expression,” though the depiction of genitalia is forbidden under obscenity laws.
Igarashi could have been sentenced to up to two years in prison for the offense.