Author: Kame

Cosplay Hooker

A costume play hooker coming out of an Ikebukuro love hotel. I was more than a little curious about what was in the suitcase. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in May 2009 and has been updated. _ Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Hotel Aine

The hotel Aine Resort in Shibuya’s Love Hotel Hill district. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in February 2008 and has been updated. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Tokyo Big Site

The Big Site is Tokyo’s most well-known convention center. I saw the Love Hotel Convention here. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in February 2008 and has been updated. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Mimikakiten: The Next Maid Cafe?

Remember how when you were a kid they told you to never put  anything in your ear at all because it’s really, really dangerous and could give you permanent hearing loss? Well, no one has ever said that in the entire history of Japan, and most Japanese people have an ear cleaning kit at home. A husband lying down with his head on his wife’s lap having his ears cleaned is an image of domestic bliss in Japan, and it’s said that when a guy has no one to clean his ears, it can be a lonely experience to do it for himself. Well, never fear, because now there’s a shop called the Yamato Mimikakiten where you can go to get your ears cleaned by an attractive young woman. A woman’s lap is often called a “hizamakura,” (you’ve probably seen the popular lap pillows sold to lonely otaku), and this shop lets you rest your head on the girl’s lap during the session. The company calls its employees komachi, which means “beautiful woman.” Each one seems to be required to keep a blog which they update daily with pictures of themselves and chatter about their daily lives. (Here’s a sample, but it’s in Japanese only.) You can choose your komachi for an extra 500 yen per half hour. Here’s a video: A cleaning costs 2,700 for 30 minutes and...

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Memories of the Bubble

I’ve always been fascinated with Japan’s bubble economy. I think it’s because I came to Japan in 1993, just after Japan’s famous economic bubble burst. I was constantly hearing stories about people getting 10,000 yen an hour for teaching English, GOD (Gaijin on Display) jobs where all you had to do was show up at the office to make it look “international,” and guys getting invited by salarimen they met on the street to ritzy hostess clubs where they drank single-malt whiskey and smoked cuban cigars, all on the Japanese guys’ tabs. Today’s post is translations of selected comments from an interesting thread that appeared on a  blog called Burusoku-vip.com, a site which posts interesting threads from 2Channel, about excesses during the bubble. There original post is here: http://burusoku-vip.com/archives/1309313.html#more How did you feel at the peak of the bubble? 1:Did you enjoy wild, salariman merrymaking every night? Did you get a lot of job offers? 2:Not only did I get a lot of offers, I got paid money for going to recruiting seminars. 3:Guys who graduated from famous universities were invited to soaplands or given trips to stop them from taking offers from other companies. Actually, it was just Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Hitotsubashi, Waseda, Keio, Sophia, and International Christian University. 4:When I couldn’t get a taxi, I a waved a ten-thousand yen bill. 7:They say when you went...

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