Turn down the lights, hire a bunch of cute hosts, and keep the drinks coming, and it shouldn’t matter what your club looks like, right? Actually, no. Designing host clubs is a … Continue Reading Inside Tokyo’s Wildest Host Clubs
Fembots, scantily-clad taiko drummers, battling transformers…okay, I admit the Robot Restaurant is more like Vegas on steroids than ye olde Nippon, but you’ve really gotta see this extravaganza once in … Continue Reading The Robot Restaurant
Picture this. It’s a quiet Monday night in January. Usually the hosts who work in the Zero Group’s bars would be giving their hair a much-needed rest, kicking back to … Continue Reading The Annual Host Convention!
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 … Continue Reading Welcome To The Demimonde
In most countries, you might end up worshipping at the porcelain shrine of the Club Gosick at the end of an unfortunate night of clubbing, but in Japan – the … Continue Reading How About A Hot Night Out At The Club Gosick?
Glam is not usually a word that comes to mind when describing the traditional summer kimonos known as yukata, but Vice Fairy, my favorite host brand, outdoes themselves again this … Continue Reading Perfect Summer Kimonos For Guys With Purple Hair
Join veteran host Sakura-san as he teaches his new recruit “Yua-kun” the ropes! First, a run-down of a typical day in Yua’s life: 11:00 a.m.: Wake up* Noon: Go to … Continue Reading A Day In The Life: What’s It Like To Be A Host?
In Kabuki-chō, the day starts when the sun goes down. The streets are thronged with those who are looking for a good time, and those who are looking to provide … Continue Reading Tokyo At Night: Kabuki-chō
It’s a well-kept secret that there’s a website with listings for host clubs in cities all over Japan. It’s called HostXHost. Naturally, it’s in Japanese…but fear not! I can show … Continue Reading How Do I Find A Good Host Club?
It’s not impossible for a foreigner to go to a host club, but the best way to do it is to ask a Japanese female friend to go with you. … Continue Reading How Can I Go To A Host Club?
It’s possible, but it it’s not quite as simple as walking up to the doorman and asking to come in. Why? Isn’t my money as good as the next girl’s? … Continue Reading Can Foreigners Get Into A Host Club?
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 … Continue Reading What Is A Host Club “Champagne Call”?
Will going to a host club blow your budget for a month? The answer is, it won’t if you’re careful. Most clubs have an “introductory price” of ¥2000-¥3000 that includes one … Continue Reading How Expensive Is It To Go To A Host Club?
Let’s slip past the secret door and find out what it’s really like to go to a host club! When you arrive for your reservation, at some clubs you’ll be … Continue Reading What’s It Like To Go To A Host Club?
What kind of woman pays a guy to spend time with her? The truth might surprise you – it’s not women who are too unattractive to get near a guy … Continue Reading What Kind Of Women Go To Host Clubs?
So, why do women go to host clubs anyway? Ahaha, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? “What do women want?” Well, yeah. Ask any host and he’ll tell you: … Continue Reading What Do Women Want?
I usually try not to bother my blog readers with news about my books, but WOO HOO, the second book in my Only In Tokyo mystery series is coming out … Continue Reading Love Hotels, Host Clubs & Deadly Family Secrets!
My all-time favorite magazine Men’s Knuckle sent an intrepid team of stylists to Kabuki-chō to perform makeovers on young men they thought could use some help achieving that irresistible host … Continue Reading Look Like a Host In One Easy Makeover!
In a country where many people live in places too small for pets, cat cafés are a booming business. For about $10 an hour, anyone (over the age of 12) … Continue Reading Gateway to Kitty Nirvana
Saturday night I went to the monthly Goth party at Club Marz and met up with famed author/journalist/TV host La Carmina, who was filming a segment for NHK Tokyo Kawaii … Continue Reading Midnight Mess
Today I walked around Kabuki-chō, taking pictures of where hosts and hostesses and other mizu shōbai workers eat, shop, and relax. From eats to entertainment, the district really does serve up … Continue Reading Everything Over Rice
Got to bed last night at 2:00 after passively breathing in about two packs-worth of cigarette smoke at a most excellent host club. These days in Kabuki-chō, it’s illegal to … Continue Reading Bottle of Dom, Anyone?
I’m happy to report that the geisha world is alive and well in Kabuki-chō…only these days it’s populated by gorgeous young guys decked out in visual-kei style whose job it is to entertain women … Continue Reading Host Club 101