In host bars in Japan, small, soft buttons entertain women with some spent money. A recent phenomenon, it actually echoes a practice from the Edo era, when wealthy women sometimes arranged secret dates with desirable men, often kabuki actors.
In most respects they are host bars where species are switched. Like their female counterparts, the host’s job has a somewhat unnatural atmosphere, and their tasks are the same: looking good, praising, flirting, lighting cigarettes, laughing at jokes, completing expensive drinks. The price of an expensive bottle of wine can start at 100,000 yen, making it easy to spend hundreds of thousands of yen (a month’s salary for some customers) in a single night.
Like flight attendants, hostesses can sometimes sleep with clients and get expensive gifts (including cars and apartments) in return. In general, both the host and the customer are realistic about the economic nature of their relationship, and true romance is rare. However, hosts are occasionally recruited to act as surrogate grooms when their solo clients want candy on their arm at weddings or other social events.
Hosts with more
The most successful hosts aren’t necessarily the most attractive. The discerning bar-goer seems to appreciate the sparkle of the eye and conversation skills as much as the smiles and smiles of Colgate. Good hosts are often the most realistic, remembering seemingly insignificant personal details from their many clients and recording them cautiously if this happens. Hosts who put enough effort and praise in the customer are rewarded by becoming “shimeisha,” or designated host, giving them the exclusive right to entertain them (and extract money from them). This system avoids infighting and unnecessary competition between hosts, and preserves club harmony.
The hierarchy, as it is in most areas of Japanese society, is critical. “No. 1” hosts who earn the most drinks commission get huge bonuses, and some bars post their host’s rating on the street. A good host can earn more in a month than most of the paid workers of a year. On the other hand, juniors are often forced to do the most humiliating jobs, like cleaning the bathrooms or going outside to lure clients into the club.
Host bars have long been on the fringes of Japan’s entertainment industry, catering mainly to desperate singles and sugar mummies. Gradual changes in gender policy have allowed them to enter the mainstream, catering to the needs of a new generation of young, confident, well-paid, and intelligent women. In some cases, these women are young, single, and extremely desirable, but lack the time or desire for a serious relationship. As Japanese women wait for male dominance in their society to erode, host clubs offer an escape from the negative roles that many women are still forced into. Now, the industry is valued at over £ 300 million a year in Tokyo alone.
Late at night, host bars can also provide a welcome break and entertainment for hostesses and other girls who end their shifts in the nearby bars and brothels. After spending hours pampering others, they are happy to pay for the same treatment. In many cases, these girls, like the hostesses themselves, feel financial comfort but feel lonely; Her lifestyle makes it difficult to establish relationships outside the sex industry.
Dangers and problems
Not everything is glamor. For most hosts, the meager base salary is supplemented with up to 50% commission on drinks purchased by their customers (“uriage”). This is a wild folk contest, and less successful hosts are eliminated very quickly. Since uriage includes drinks purchased for them, hosts are encouraged to drink as much as possible. Many hosts host multiple clients in one night, forcing them to drink a large amount each night. Not only does this force the hosts to go on frequent vomiting trips in the bathroom, but many hosts are also concerned about developing alcohol-related health problems and may secretly conceal or discard the drinks instead of drinking them.