Sometimes a customer orders a special bottle of champagne, and all the hosts in the club temporarily abandon the customers they’re entertaining and gather around her table for a “champagne call.”
Laser lights and/or music starts up as they assemble from all corners of the club. Then, while a waiter prepares a tray of empty champagne glasses for a toast, the club leader takes the mike and leads a call-and-answer drinking song that all the hosts sing to the lucky lady. After her primary entertainer pops the cork, a toast is drunk by all the hosts, then the bottle is handed over to the customer to finish.
At some clubs, this is a chugging event, with the customer trying to finish it herself while her shimeisha (her main man) holds a towel under her chin to catch any drips. Sometimes she gives the rest of the bottle to her primary host and makes him chug it. And sometimes, she just accepts it and after everybody goes back to their tables, quietly shares it with her shimeisha.
As you can imagine, this is a pricey way to enjoy your favorite bubbly. Around $800 for the cheapest bottle of Dom!
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Photo courtesy of the Castillo del Diablo host club website.
Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo. If you want to know what it’s like to sip bubbly from a champagne tower right now, you can always slip behind the closed doors of Club Nova in Fallen Angel…
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!