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Welcome To The Demimonde


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Host clubs, hostess bar life, and love hotels! I put this slideshow together last week for a book club that chose Fallen Angel as their September read, but I thought you might enjoy it too.

Fallen Angel is the second book in the Only In Tokyo mystery series, featuring Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Kenji Nakamura and part-time English translator Yumi Hata.

Read more: The Top Ten Questions About Host Clubs

Why do women go to host clubs?

What kind of women go to host clubs?

What’s it like to visit a host club?

How expensive is it to go to a host club?

What is a host club “champagne call”?

Can foreigners get into a host club?

How can I go to a host club?

How do I find a good host club?

Host fashion: Why do hosts dress like that?

A Day In The Life: What’s it like to be a host?

Of course, if you can’t make it to Tokyo, you can always lose yourself in Fallen Angel, a novel that’ll slip you in behind Club Nova’s closed doors…

The #1 hostboy at Club Nova makes a handsome living, whispering sweet nothings in the ears of women who pay him a fortune for the privilege. But the party’s over when Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura is assigned to investigate the death of…read more


Fallen Angel Book Trailer (1:08)

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo


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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!

4 thoughts on “Welcome To The Demimonde Leave a comment

  1. Thank you so much! I have been looking for a site about host clubbing and it was so hard to find one and I so happened to find this page! I am so happy ^__^ Thanks once again!

    • I’m so happy you found what you were looking for here! (^O^☆♪ A few years ago, when I first started looking for info, there wasn’t anything in English, and it was so frustrating! So…are you thinking of going to one?

      • I hope you have a great time! Actually, I have a sort of funny story from November, when I went to a sister club of the one where I did my book research for Fallen Angel. My Japanese friend and I were there for the first time, so we got the $30/two hours intro price. For two hours, every ten minutes, a new host would come up and introduce himself to me and refresh my drink. It was like JAPANESE CONVERSATION HELL! Loud J-pop + random native speaker conversation + no intermission = the most challenging oral exam EVER! On the other hand, I pay $30 for a one hour J-conversation lesson in San Francisco, so at $15 an hour, the host club was a Japanese conversation BARGAIN (with the added bonus of hot guys and unlimited drinks. heh.)

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