love thief, documentary on host culture in Japan

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(Billboard in Tokyo advertizing a host club)

Japan has this interesting phenomena of “host bars” where women pay to be entertained by men. Sex is not necessarily involved, mostly companionship, drink pouring, flirting, lighting cigarettes. There’s a certain kind of fashion subculture associated with hosts, with entire magazines devoted to host-specific hairstyles and clothes.

This is part of a weird and widespread “paying for human relationships” culture of Asia, which I intend to comment on more soon.

The weird part is most of the female clientele of these bars (as you’ll see in this documentary) themselves work as hostesses or prostitutes. So women who are paid to create a fantasy experience of the perfect girlfriend/sexual partner for men, turn around and spend this money on some fantasy experience of the perfect boyfriend. What happened to falling in love and being good to each other, people?

A very interesting look into a strange world indeed: (click through to the youtube page for the other parts of the doc:)

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