Some of these benefits include money and luxurious goods.In return, the girls will provide the men with companionship and sometimes sexual favors.This is a phenomenon that started around the 1990’s in Japan but has spread to other Asian countries such as Taiwan and South Korea.Compensated dating is the practice of a man dating a young woman, where the man provides certain benefits to the girl.“I got tired of regular bars with old women.” They admitted that the uniforms are a big part of the attraction. “The uniforms make them look one and a half times cuter than they actually are.” This is Japan’s shady “JK” or “high school dating” business.(“Joshi kosei” means “high school girl” in Japanese, and the English initials JK are universally used here to describe the practice.) Although some cafes like this are relatively innocent — those that employ high school girls must close by 10 p.m., which means the men aren’t too late getting home to their wives — there is a large part of this world that is not.When I first came, I felt no guys found me attractive since they never looked my way.
Unfortunately, however, their peculiar appearances often scare the girls off, and encourage a mocking contempt for them in others. I went to one of the “host clubs” in Kabuki-cho named Luxis.Hotaru, working there, was kind enough to let me interview him about his life as a host. As a customer, you pick your host from a list of candidates with photos.If you think they all look identical, let their unique hairstyles clue you in to their identities.More often, it involves sex — child prostitution by another name.“It’s easy to talk to these girls,” said one man in his 30s who was sitting at a wooden school desk in AKB High School, a cafe in Akihabara, a part of Tokyo known for its subcultures.