Japan has a new growth industry that would have made the Samurai lose their composure totally…clubs and agencies featuring what amounts to male geishas for lonely women!
There are a growing number of wealthy, successful Japanese women that have all but given up on traditional dating and would rather spend their time and money in an environment where they are guaranteed to be treated well and have their fantasies catered to. And it’s quite a bit of money.
These escorts, usually referred to as ‘hosts’ inhabit some 800 venues nationwide in Japan, where it’s a a $10 billion industry. Around 260 of these Host clubs are located in Tokyo, mostly in the Kabukicho district with names like Romeo, Gatsby and Avalon.
Many affluent Japanese women — ranging from 20-somethings to those in their sixties — lavish expensive gifts on their favorite hosts, buying them diamond watches, luxury cars, even apartments.
“When I was 20 a customer bought me a Porsche,” said former host Sho Takami, who owns a chain of clubs and is planning to open up a host club in Las Vegas.
“It’s a 24-hour job,” he said.
“The customers are buying affection,” shrugged ex-host Ken Ichijo on the terrace of his penthouse flat.
“We’re selling them dreams, so you lie about loving them in return for serious money,” added the 38-year-old club manager.
“Hosts exist to fill a void in someone’s life,” he said. “In this business, the host is the product. We pamper to a woman’s every need — listen to her problems, tell her she’s beautiful, act out her fantasies.”
And yes, that service can definitely include sex. Especially if the host wants presentos like an expensive watch, clothes, a car or even an apartment from his fans.
“Sex is not necessarily part of a host club’s service,” Echijo said. “But it is part of trying to satisfy the customer’s needs.”
And that’s no accident either. Japan’s birthrate is steadily shrinking and it’s population is older. the average fertility rate in Japan is only 1.4 children per woman of childbearing age, which is not even replacement levels.
And according to the Japan Times, a new survey of Japanese people ages 18 to 34 found that 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women are not in a relationship. It gets worse: Around 42 percent of men and 44.2 percent of women admitted that they were virgins.
In that kind of environment, the host clubs are an outlet for women who want to be catered to and can afford the cost. And there are an increasing number of them, given how many are lonely singles with decent income and no kids.
Will host clubs catch on here in America? Absolutely, in my opinion. Many of the second wave feminists now populating America’s campuses are likely to end up as bitter and lonely women in their late 30s and early to mid 40’s with money to spend for male attention exactly the way they want it.
Tres’ l’decadence, mon amis! Yes, I think we’ll see these clubs here.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.