CNN Report: Japan’s “Geisha Guys”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/04/07/japan.geishas/index.html

This isn’t a date, though. It’s business.

The woman, a successful executive, has joined a growing number of professional women in Japan in forking out from $1,000 to $50,000 a night for male companionship.

They meet their “hosts” in hundreds of clubs that have sprung up around Tokyo – the industry says only compliments are exchanged. The women pay for a man to lavish them with undivided attention.

A reversal of the typical ‘girlfriend experience’?

6 Responses

  1. Aren’t these Asian boys beautiful though? If I had the funds and was traveling there I would definitely “rent” an Asian boy for the evening. Purr…..

  2. I saw a documentary on the male hosts. Upwards of 90% of their customers are women also in the sex trade. There were quite a few women that spent a great deal of their earnings, if not a majority of their extra money (as in money left over after the bills have been paid) on the male hosts.

  3. I think it’s a neat concept. Turnabout is fair play, no?

  4. Geez! I’m in the wrong career.

  5. Here’s the link to the documentary:
    http://www.thegreathappinessspace.com/
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493420/

    Unfortunately, the tone of the film wasn’t too bright, even though it felt objective and sympathetic to me. For many of the women in the sex trade, those hosts were like drugs: helping them to cope and spending most of their money, instead of improving their own financial position and resources. There were some positives; but to some girls, especially in the lower echelons, it was earning money, then blowing it all away on champagne and company of the hosts.

  6. I remember seeing an episode of CSI in which a similar set-up was featured as a part of the plot line, men being hired by women to provide what might be described as “intimate talk-therapy” of the kind described here.

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