Amid the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, foreign hostess bars are a major part of Japan's nightlife.
But they are little understood by the outside world.
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The majority of hostess bars in Japan do not provide sexual services, hostess bar manager Noriko told the ABC — they are just a place for businessmen to relax."Being a hostess is just like a restaurant waitress," she said."You have to take care of them, talk to them, sit with them, mix their alcohol for them and just like that.
Noriko, 30, has worked and also managed hostess bars around Tokyo and in Kamata.
(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately.
After a controversial transition to a for-profit model in 2011, which brought million in funding in the past two years, growing pains have set in.
Come night time, the bustling hostess district of Ginza in Tokyo is packed with a post-work crowd of men and women, who spill out onto the street amongst neon signs for different types of hostess bars.Senior Officer Marty Jasso worked with store employees to identify the suspect.On July 13, Ismael Anaya, 37, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation at his home.Nowhere does the profile state explicitly that if you are an attractive female traveler, you might skip the couch entirely and wind up in Riccardo’s bed, but it’s a good possibility.In eight months using the service, Riccardo, who is 32 and works for an ad agency, has let eight visitors crash at his apartment, of whom he’s hooked up with five, for a 62 percent “success rate.” If you count the additional two who climbed into bed with him for a cuddle and then fell asleep, the percentage climbs even higher.