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Department of State later criticized Hashimoto's remarks. The Shinto faith does not regard sex as a taboo. Buddhist teachings regarding sex are quite reserved: For the Buddhist monks or nuns, chastity is mandatory since they live on the premise of getting rid of any feelings of attachment. Their way of living is regulated by very strict rules concerning behavior and this includes sex. As for the secular Buddhists, there are no specific rules to be followed about sex; although any kind of abuse is regarded as "misconduct.
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From what I've seen, this subreddit generally dislikes people asking about how to have sex in Japan. Definitely an interesting read, would be interesting to hear why the OP is actually into all this kind of stuff though!
I must admit I never had trouble meeting girls just by going to regular clubs or bars so the idea of paying this amount of money for a bit of human interaction seems crazy to me! I had the same thought until someone brought me to a snack and I had a great time. Now I get it. With the prostitutes, that sounds incredibly shady.
Especially basically paying a pimp rather than directly paying the girl, and women from China and other nations. If you do this, just remember it's likely you are supporting human trafficking and sex trafficking. I'm not going to condemn anyone for participating in the world's oldest profession, but I think anyone looking for prostitution in Japan should be aware that the girls they end up with, especially foreign girls, may essentially be prisoners and forced into it. Not condemning anyone who goes to willing prostitutes for sex, but if there is strong signs that the prostitute you are hiring is being human trafficked - and you still go through with it - you are a sick fuck for supporting that.
I would hope that goes without saying. You can still be a rapist even if you're paying for it. I was in Gotenba to climb Mt. Fuji the next day, and just wanted to get some tsukemen for dinner, when an Asian-looking guy asks me in English if I knew what you could do in this boring town.
He told me he was a graphics designer from China or something and dragged along with his parents when they invited him to an all-inclusive group trip to Japan.
So we get tsukemen, and since there is nothing else to do, I suggest we go to a snack. The guy standing outside was a bit surprised about the white guy talking to him in Japanese while the Asian guy only speaks English, but we go in and after a couple of girls come and go, they get a Chinese girl to our table.
She was the shyest girl I'd ever seen in a place like that. Didn't really drink, didn't speak Japanese very well and didn't talk much in Chinese either. She looked uncomfortable and clearly didn't want to be there. I remember two sad girls in maid outfits standing outside a shady place directly opposite to Kanda station exit in Tokyo.
On display like goods, ready to be bought. At that time, I finally understood what objectification of women really means and felt powerless. In the end it's often exploitation. I can see the appeal tough and don't want to condemn all of it. Thats my thing about it. I don't care who other people have sex with or if they're paying, as long as its between consenting adults. I'm all for legalizing prostration. But when it supports trafficking or other shady business thats just not okay.
And you can never really tell because these places aren't regulated yet, hopefully. I'd like to add my two experience because they weren't mentioned here and they were more fun than most. Lingerie Pubs This may be the same as your definition of sexy Kabakura but it sounded a little different so I'll tell you my experience.
Once full rotation was achieved the girls sat down with us and it was the basic snack deal chat and pouring of drinks,etc but we were free to touch everything and suck on their tits etc. Super Hostess Party We get a room in a restaurant and girls are delivered there ,sounds like deruheru I know, but these girls had various games up there sleeve like janken strip battle, the sake cup awesome, long story and eating sashimi off them like in the movie 'rising sun'.
This wasn't deruheru I got a business card and this was what their main trade was. Lingerie pubs are named as such and they were in Kyushu but I have seen them in Osaka. The party was at a shiriai's restaurant. These places sound theoretically fun but if I were actually placed in that situation I would be uncomfortable as hell and probably would just want to get the hell out of there. The lingerie pub was fine and quite laid back you were free to participate at a level you were comfortable at.
The super hostess party, however, was pretty uncomfortable from the start one girl looked really uncomfortable as it was her first time and came and sat with me for the most part as I looked safe. Halfway through a hostess spread her legs in front of me and told me to finger her I awkwardly obliged and she instantly told me I was terrible at it.
I then got a lesson from one of my Japanese friends which was actually very informative. He told me his boss forced him to always send the least attractive girls to foreign customers in addition to charging them a higher fee. Granted this is just single service, chances are most of the girls who will service foreigners aren't pretty.
God that book was amazing and terrifying. One of the best Japan-related books I've read, and super insightful and horrific. My number-one recommendation for Japan-based true crime, for those who have the stomach for it. I once got a magazine of job listings for Soaps it looked strikingly similar to "Seventeen Magazine" and a pretty hefty issue , among other sketchy services. Never worked in the sex industry, but that was my mild brush with it, as a girl just minding her own business shopping in Shibuya.
One time, I was walking around in Ueno and this gigantic African guy no racism intended, he was actually just nearly twice as large as me grabbed my arm and pulled me into a deserted, completely shuttered down few feet wide alleyway, saying that he wanted to become friends with me. Everyone acted like it wasn't happening--that I didn't exist.
Panicked and quickly switched to English and for some reason, his demeanor changed. He kinda just let me go after that. The only snack bar in my town is ran by a woman in her 70s with bunch of wooden penis statues all over the place. She'll sing any enka song with you though. Also a drunk guy I met there told me the last delivery health place that serviced our area went out of business over 10 years ago. Inaka life is fuzoku free life! In case anyone needs something like this for korea: What you've described is more of a hostess bar, and while technically most snack are mini-hostess bars, that isn't always the case.
Generally a snack will just be like a bar, usually with female staff. Initially these were places that had cheap to free drinks for women with the idea of making it more attractive overall.
One other difference is that because more girls bars are run on normal restaurant licenses there are far less restrictions on location and business hours. These distinctions are important because each of the three listed above have very clear distinctions about what is allowed under their specific business licenses. In my experience at Snacks you pay by the hour, get nomihodai on particular drinks and girls come and sit down next to you to talk with you, which is nothing like a bar with female staff.
Your description of a Snack seems to be more like a Mama bar in my non-technical experience, though in that case the female staff is almost always over My description of Snacks is just based on time spent inside places with signs outside that have "Snack" on them.
I don't see myself using this information but it was something new at least lol. You might want to refine this and give a few options to explorers There are some "seedier" places than others Safer and cheaper than Kabukicho, but still close to the center of Tokyo. I always see it in shadier parts of town and I figured it's some sort of way of connecting johns and prostitutes. These muryou-annnai-sho refer clients to herusu, soapland, etc.
Before this, kyakuhiki solicited johns on the street. I believe that they are generally considered to be safe. Far safer and more cost-effective than wandering into random establishments, or calling random phone numbers you've found on ads or chirashi.
They are required to be registered to the police as a fuzoku business depends on the local government, I believe. Also, they have relations with multiple businesses in the area, so one can assume certain trustworthiness. But they are still believed to be less safe or cost-effective than good magazines and websites, IMO.
I have ordered deriheru three times. There are a range of websites which list the services and photos of probably fictional ladies. The basic service included kissing, oral sex without condom , 69, rimming apparently, I didn't ask for this and wasn't sure if it meant you could rim them - no thanks!
Sex is not included, it costs extra. I never opted for it. Once I cheekily asked if my room-mate could share the girl we'd have 15 minutes each but got a firm no from the receptionist on the phone. The first girl I had was really cute Chinese and was ok at her work. The second was Japanese and excellent, really got stuck in I should have got her name. The third time I tried testing out my theory that the photos were fake they were and had a very average Chinese lady who was terrible at her job.
She didn't leave fast enough for my liking too each time I hurried the girls out of my place, I wanted them to vanish more or less immediately. I decided to give up on delivery health after that. I think part of it was the nature of what Japanese sexual mores require. If you watch a bit of Japanese porn you'll see what I mean, and it's quite different from my preferences.
Their kisses involve them prodding you with their tongue, and their BJs are slurpy slobbering on your Johnson rather than decent sucking. Also I don't like the squealing which sounds like a bike with worn-out break pads. But if you're feeling lazy and want some sexual release, I'd probably recommend trying it.
At 10, yen it compares favourable to the places mentioned above. And after you're done you're in the comfort of your own home, having a beer, feeling healthier than you did before, and slightly elated but appalled that it's as easy as ordering pizza. I have no idea, but to me this sounds like it could be extremely dangerous work for the girls.
For the client to go to the actual place where something of that sort is performed, at least there is the security of the venue, familiarity, and whatnot. Having a girl come directly to a strangers house for sexual services sounds like a death sentence waiting to happen. They also usually provide deriheru magazines at various love hotels. A gaijin friend of mine thought it would be funny to steal them from the hotel to take them back home to their country Bunch of pictures of women with blurred faces and their stats bust size, weight, etc.
I haven't read all of the comments yet, so maybe it's been mentioned, but I noticed that you didn't include Health in your write-up.
I only recently started dabbling in this kind of stuff in Japan, and "hotel health" are easily my favorite. I love it so so much. From my experience, here's how it works: He shows you the course menu, where you choose time length, and what type of activity you want to do. Unlike prostitution, health is completely legal since "honban" actual sex itself is "not allowed". Everything else is encouraged and likely has a price tag as an option on the menu.
The guy lays out picture cards on the desk to show which girls are currently on duty at the moment and ready to go. The pictures you see on the club's website shows their faces blurred out, but the cards they show you on the desk are not blurred out. You pay the guy, then he sends you to a nearby love hotel, the niceness of which will be based on what level you paid for. You check in to the room by the hour, once again based on the course you paid for, and then call the guy at the desk that sent you there to tell him your room number, and then sit and wait for him to send the girl to around.
Afterwards, she showers you again, and then you can hang out until your time is up, if you want to. I was turned away from two different places before finding the place that accepted me.
I'm a pretty obvious foreigner but I speak near-native level Japanese. If you don't speak very fluent Japanese, you probably won't get in. You mention sex, however my understanding is that "honban" is technically prohibited. How does that work? Foreigners are never going to be undercover police. Japanese going there will likely just go for all but honban unless they're regulars.
You can basically call prostitutes for "delivery health" anywhere in most major cities in Japan anyway according to one hilarious pervert of a Japanese dude I spoke to when he was staying with me in England. I wrote a long-winded post in the used underwear thread today so I'll try to make this short. As the Wikipedia excerpt on my other post says, under Baishun Boshi Ho, "The definition of prostitution is strictly limited to coitus.
Now, soaplands, and ryoutei in Tobita Shinchi I commented on in other post, always involve honban. The women who work there are freelance workers engaged in such non-sexual services. There's no contractual relationshiop between the owner and the women involving sexual services. Therefore, the owner isn't engaged in any illegal act. To enforce this technicality, there are some minor technicalities, such as, in the case of soaplands, every room has a small sauna machine, the room isn't sealed up, clients pay money to the manager and to the woman separately etc.
They provide legal ie. As such, a typical website of a business has a detailed price list for each service. Because they are legal, it doesn't matter if the manager and the woman had contractual relationship involving legal sexual services.
For these businesses, it would be devastating if the police found out that the manager is encouraging women to have honban. Therefore, it is generally understood that they don't, especially in Herusu and other establishments. If a woman had honban with a client, then it's her choice that was made outside of the context of the business. Whether a client can do honban at Deliheri is thought to be like a game to play. Because of this, some men prefer Deliheri to soaplands where honban is the norm.
It's like the old tradition of yuukaku, where you had to follow certain protocol like visiting a woman three times before you could have sex with her. The interesting point here is that the law involving these services are made and enforced to protect women from pimps and exploitive organizations.
Women who provide the services are not penalized as long as they don't solicit clients themselves or turn to the managing side. As such, prostitution laws don't deter women from engaging in such activities. Another issue is male prostitution. Male prostitutes serving gay men can't prostitute himself by definition. It was recently reported that, because of this, many male prostitutes were coming to Japan from South Korea where a law to punish male prostitution exists.
That's my understanding, too. The touts usually advertised "sex", and it seemed pretty clear to me that they meant full penetration. Now that you mention it, one tout initially only asked me "How about some cute girls?
Honban is prohibited but as always Japan is full of loop holes. DeruHeru Delivery Health is meant to offer only 'health' meaning oral sex which is legal as its not penetrative technically but having a look at the websites the codes don't really leave much to the imagination.
Those apartments where you have sex get raided all the time by what I see on the Japanese version of cops so tame its funny. I think they are frank with foreigners because like orbixx said we are unlikely to be police. You know times are tough when a Japanese creeps up behind you and yells "sex! At least the Nigerians try to butter you up by telling you how handsome, rich and generally awesome you are! Guy comes up to me to talk, then realizes I have earphones on and have my usual "dead corpse blank face" on and he just goes like "eh, nevermind" and walks away.
Anyone have any good ideas for kabukicho-camo? I've lived in NYC for a very long time. You naturally adapt this corpse look, your eyes are uninterested and lack any focus, all the blood from your face is flushed, if you are laying on the ground too long, paramedics are called in and they pronounce you dead from a distance.
That is until you start moving, someone screams "Zombie! But alas no, you are just a mere commuting salaryman. That's the look I give people, I stare through them as if they are not there.
For a moment, they experience what it feels to be a ghost. Then they know I am not there to be interacted with, I am merely a tattered soul blowing in the wind. After reading this thread I'm happy I'm a chick. I'm such a country bumpkin that if I was a dude I'd totally be the poor sap pulled into one of those clubs that won't let you out until you pay them a shitload of money. Host clubs are the male-staff version of cabaret clubs. There are "delivery health" services and stuff for women but the wording is a lot more subtle.
For example, this place advertises hunky models that give relaxing massage focused on the groin area http: I find it strange that while in Tokyo there seem to be all these workarounds and hand signals and shady business and whatnot, in Osaka there is a district that has prostitutes openly on display not unlike Amsterdam's red light district.
Tobita Shinchi has a long history. It was a legal red light district akasen until prostitution became illegal in Before that, it was one of the largest yukaku in Japan. Yoshiwara in Tokyo, and several other places share this history. Tobita Shinchi is unique in that they have the old-style "restaurants" ryotei whereas Yoshiwara and other places have soaplands, a postwar invention. The variation among these districts all over the country arises mainly from the local government's stance on this issue because these businesses are mostly regulated locally.
Does that imply that Osaka's local government is somehow more lenient on these issues than Tokyo? I'd say yes, as far as the current status of Tobita Shinchi is concerned. I can't provide comprehensive, detailed account on neither of the cities, so here are some anecdotes:. It's often said that the Tokyo Olympics changed Tokyo's sex-related business significantly. Many are expecting the same for the coming Olympics. Tokyo is exposed to this kind of "foreigners' eyes" more often than Osaka.
Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro played a big role in the "cleansing" operation of Shinjuku Kabukicho around Wikipedia in Japanese. It probably has happened eventually because this had been the general trend of the Tokyo police, but it is a good example that shows an intiative by a governor can have a big impact on a particular red light district.
When he attracted global attention by commenting on the necessity of comfort women excite news article in Japanese , the fact that he had provided legal service to Tobita Shinchi's restaurant association was brought up in the press conference. Governors' intiatives aside, the mudane reality of these districts are shaped by 1 local regulations, made by local lawmakers, and 2 local Kouann Iinkai Wikipedia in Japanese , who control these businesses through Fueihou Wikipedia. These elements, and their interaction with the local businesses and probably yakuza, have shaped these districts in each city.
Had a bonenkai at some nabe restaurant in the area a couple years back. After the party finished, a bunch of my Japanese friends were all "We gotta show you something!! I'm Dutch so I'm actually used to the concept of a red light district with women on "display". But I was surprised such a place could exist in Japan. The atmosphere is also Quite different from anything I've ever seen. Are they biased towards one's race or as long as you have money you get the same quality of service?
Plenty of massage parlours in Japan. I went to one that was run by a Chinese fellow, and all the women were from China. They made me wear a g-string, I'm guessing for legal reasons to claim that I am "clothed".
They even had a little shower room where the woman lathered me up while I stood there. After that a "standard" massage. I have not spent much time in Roppongi or Kabukicho, but based on my experiences in Japan I would add Shinjuku to the list of seedy places.
Hay mon yoo wont sekusu? Looked like a karaoke parlour, but had a seedy vibe. Loud music coming from within. While people-watching in Dotombori, I observed groups of year-old Japanese girls following salarymen in Dotombori. The girls would chase after the men for a few meters, trying to get their attention. When the guy ignored them, they returned to their starting position and repeated with the next suit who walked past.
A few rare occasions, I noticed groups of girls who simply stand around upright, sort of waving their bodies back and forth, like they were advertising. Are they available to take to a love hotel? Do I just walk up and ask them if they want to go to a hotel? Obviously always wear a condom. Also had a condom rip, but luckily with a girl I was seeing and not with a prostitute. Did an HIV test about a year after I stopped that lifestyle, and boy was I scared when I still hadn't gotten a call two days after the date the nurse told me they'd contact me with the results.
I was already picturing them doing retests with my blood sample to make sure it wasn't just a false positive. I was fine in the end, though. In some places, girls who aren't serving a customer are expected to go out on the street and try to get customers come in. Probably the same as above. I've never seen a Japanese prostitute solicit openly on the street, those are usually Chinese.
As to your point 4, those are host clubs where ladies pay a lot of cash to have those boys drink with them. Kabukicho is the red-light district just outside the East Entrance of Shinjuku station - that's probably where you were getting hounded.
Regarding point six I saw this in Osaka recently but mainly individual girls. I thought they were touting snack bars but was told they were trying to get sponsors basically guys to take them out and buy them things for the honor of spending time with them.
Seriously though I've met many whores in Japan. People whoring themselves out as bankers, recruiters, fake priests, english teachers, strippers, just to make some quick cash. There is all kinds of whoring. The kind with a pussy is just the most primeval way. Best time I had was working at a snack bar. I got to know my Mama and her family pretty well. Went on a lot of vacations with them, I got to see how the a lot of things were run behind the scenes.
I am a guy but had customers who like to talk with me and try to speak English while drunk. Probably a bit late on this one Do the women seem to enjoy it? How do you feel about going to these places? So, if I was particularly bored and wanted to go out and nobody was free - yeah I guess I'd do it. I'd probably mention 2 or 3 times that she can be perfectly outspoken with me to try and get her to be herself because otherwise it would be boring.
Needless to say, prostitution is illegal in Japan. People can get into trouble for this and for other reasons. The Japanese share certain understanding on the risk involved in each service. I strongly recommend to consult a native Japanese before trying something. There's a soapland in Shibuya on the same block as a koban. I wonder if they pay them directly I'm not sure if there was akasen in Shibuya and where, but the Maruyama-cho area was a famous Hanamachi Wikipedia.
It may look strange to the contemporary eyes, but it is not unusual for such areas with a long history to have koban nearby because, back in the days it was only natural for the police to have koban near these areas so that they could watch closely. Here's a bit from linked Wikipedia article about Hanamachi:. The word's literal meaning is "flower street".
Such districts would contain various okiya geisha houses. Nowadays, the term hanamachi is commonly used in modern Japan to refer to the areas where modern-day okiya are still operating. In Kyoto's Gion district, however, the older term kagai is still in use. Alternatively, kagai can be used to refer to licensed red-light districts, which contained restaurants, okiya, and ochaya "tea houses" where geisha would entertain customers. Will also delete if comment's score is -1 or less.
The money is great if you are good at it but it is exhausting both physic. It's not like the police really care about shutting them down anyway. I'm sure a cop can flash his badge and he the "officer of the law" discount anytime he wants. Here's the linked section Legal status from Wikipedia article Prostitution in Japan:. Instead, the following are prohibited on pain of penalty: The definition of prostitution is strictly limited to coitus.
This means sale of numerous acts such as oral sex, anal sex, mammary intercourse and other non-coital sex acts are legal. Curious as to what the soapland was like. Can we get more details? That's one of those things where I've never heard anything about it other than what you mentioned and I've never heard of the white guy's perspective.
Easy, no hassle if you don't speak Japanese though it helps with the girls. Although, this kind of activity doesn't appeal to me and I would never do it, reading about it is quite interesting, as it reveals a part of the world I will most probably never explore myself. I know this is teamliquid. Again, not something I would venture into, but quite interesting nonetheless.
Did you go to these places with a Japanese friend or by yourself? I've only gone to kyabakura with my Gaijin friends and we had no issues with the place - Granted myself and another friend spoke conversational level Japanese. I'd just like to point out it is also entirely possible to go to a normal bar in Japan and talk to girls. They tend to generally tend to actually want to talk to you and you don't have to pay them! That said I found the OP pretty fascinating.
I don't know too much about such places other than the signs I see around town. And a story about my friends going to what I assume was a cabaret club. Any experience with the male host clubs in Ni-Chome? Also I suggest you read the book "Pink Samurai" to give you the proper historical context of the whole Mizu Shobai industry. Ever been to "triangle park" in South Osaka? They had the women in the windows which is something you do not see in Tokyo.
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