White women are attracted to Japanese men

Prostitution no, flirting yes : The dome market is growing in Japan

At first glance, Yusuke Oshima looks like the hero of a kitschy manga comic: he has styled his hair wildly and meticulously in all directions, and a sparkling chain adorns his bare chest in the low neckline of his black shirt. “Everything about me is really not real,” he says. In his private life he wouldn't walk around like that, but the customer, or the customers, are king. As soon as the sun goes down in Tokyo, his work comes. Then the millions of lovers in this mega city will look forward to togetherness. And those who remain come to Yusuke Oshima, whom they also call “the Prince Charming” in the industry.

Oshima is a "host" by profession, or in other words: a lover. Not a prostitute, as he emphasizes. "Women pay me to make them beautiful, nothing more. I just behave like the perfect gentleman." The prince charming reward himself lavishly. Entrance to the nightclub, in which ten other lovers work alongside him, listen, flirt and compliment, costs 12,000 yen, around 92 euros, for a seat at the table with one of the cavaliers. Drinks come on top, every additional hour costs extra. Like a butler, Oshima leads through the hall of his establishment, which is reminiscent of a strip club: mirrored walls, upholstered benches, square tables with champagne tubs.

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Oshima knows that he is needed. Tokyo, the largest metropolis in the world with 35 million, is also the largest single market on the planet. The proportion of single households has reached 50 percent. 47 percent of all Japanese men and 35 percent of all women between the ages of 30 and 34 are not married. The proportion of those who not only have no relationship but also no sex has been increasing for a long time. For hosts or hostesses, the female variant of the Oshima lover's job, then tailored to male customers, that means a lot of customers. In Tokyo's Kabukicho district alone, which is also where Yusuke Oshima's club is located, there are over 650 shops that offer enthusiast service.

A “host club” or “hostess club” has a turnover of between 500,000 and 800,000 yen (around 3 830 to 6 131 euros) per night. And in fact there is much more for sale than physicality: it's about love, or at least the promise of it. Yusuke Oshima has finished getting dressed, put on perfume, his shoes are shiny. He goes through his cell phone quickly so as not to confuse any of his visitors. He exchanges telephone numbers with regular customers. A single manager wrote to him last night: “I would love to meet you now.” Oshima replied: “I'm in bed now, my dear. I wish you were here too. ”Of course, Oshima feigns feelings, but women know it. He sometimes amazes that this business works: "I don't understand that so many attractive women come to me because they have no one."

Cozy cafés and cooking evenings

A phenomenon of affluent societies that is likely to come to a head in Japan. The majority would like to have a partner, but indicate in surveys that they cannot find one. The word loneliness can often be heard in town talk. According to surveys, the average Japanese would like to have two or three children, but the birth rate has long been 1.4 per woman, so low that the population has been shrinking for years. This has led to a labor shortage and an aging society, which, without reforms, will put the welfare state under pressure and put pressure on growth.

At the same time, the need for love doesn't seem to go away, and money is made on many levels. In Japan, cuddly cafes have opened in recent years, where customers hire a partner to caress. There are video games in which there is a love affair with an avatar. Singles pay for wedding photos even though they don't have a partner. This is how service providers like Yusuke Oshima become wealthy men. In the center he lives for 180,000 yen monthly rent (around 1,380 euros) in a three-room apartment, which hardly anyone of the same age could afford. How does this imbalance come about?

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