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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Geisha Guys And The Latest Japanese Love Trends

"I give women things that men normally don't do, like complimenting their appearance," says one host, 24-year-old Yunosuke(Photo), who only goes by his single host name. "I make women happy." "Women see us as one of their accessories," he says. "They like to wear nice things, so I try to look prettier for them all the time." Women love being treated well without the pressures that come with dating.

In Japan professional women are forking out $1,000 to $50,000 a night for male companionship. It's a dizzying reversal of traditional gender roles in a country long known for geishas pampering male clients with conversation, singing and dancing. Male geishas has cropped out to be the new generation of entertainment. The women pay for a man to lavish them with undivided attention. The industry says only compliments are exchanged.

A host club is similar to a hostess club, except that female customers pay for male company. Some host clubs also specialize in female-to-male transsexual hosts. Host clubs are typically found in more populated areas of Japan, and are famed for being numerous in Tokyo districts such as Kabukichō, and Osaka's Umeda and Namba. Customers are typically wives of rich men or women working as hostesses in hostess clubs.

Air Group, a company that owns a chain of "host" clubs says taht japanese women are now working hard and making more money and see see this as a way to de-stress.

The first host club was opened in Tokyo in 1966. In 1996, the number of Tokyo host clubs was estimated to be 200, and a night of non-sexual entertainment could cost $500 to $600. Male hosts pour drinks and will often flirt with their clients, more so than their female counterparts. The conversations are generally light-hearted; hosts may have a variety of entertainment skills, be it simple magic tricks or loads of charisma with which to tell a story. Some host clubs have a dedicated stage for a performance, usually a dance, comedy sketch etc.

Many of the clientele who visit host bars are female hostesses, who finish work at around 1:00 or 2:00 a.m., causing host bars to often begin business at around midnight and finish in the morning or midday, and hosts to work to the point of exhaustion. Drinks usually start at about 1000 yen but can reach around 3 million yen ($US 25,000) for a bottle of champagne.

Usually, hosts try to make the clients feel loved without having sex with them, as it takes up their time and energy.Sometimes, for instance if a female pays a large amount of money and/or if the host likes them in return, the host can have sex with the client. If the same host meets the same client, she has a higher chance of having sex than the host having sex with another client.


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