In a scene that’s straight out of a geisha movie, the men – who are required to be well groomed and presumably, charming and witty — flirt with their paying clients over drinks at a host bar. Tokyo has seen a number of such host clubs with photographs of dashing hosts lining the walls for clients to choose from, sprouting up in recent times.
With their successful careers, Japanese women don’t always have the time to invest in real relationships, and prefer to pay to have a man for the evening doing all the things a date typically does — complimenting her, making her laugh and so on. The host clubs usually don’t encourage sex between hosts and clients (wink wink), but obviously there’s more than just flirting and laughing going on.
Meanwhile, business is booming for these male escorts. Some of the more popular hosts can make up to $50,000 a month!