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Thursday, 7 October 2010

Host Boys - Episode 1

My housemates out of curiosity and dire financial circumstances have decided to become Host Boys. "We need money..." said Ink "we will have to sell our bodies to science, and by 'science', I mean Japanese women".

Now, the role of Host or Hostess are strange professions in Japan, they are essentially modern day Geisha, entertainers that lure cash for drinks and snacks from the customers pockets, escorts paid for their company and lively flirtatious conversation. But, there is also a much darker side to the job description, with its links to alcoholism, prostitution, and there are documented cases where paid dates went wrong resulting in rape and murder. There is a thick line in many shades of grey between bar wench and hooker, this is where the Host Boys dwell.

This all began a couple of weeks ago when the Magnet actually had an interview, or perhaps audition is a better word, for a position as a Host Boy. He returned home that day with tales of secret entrances to basement venues, rooms viewed through mirrored glass windows by seedy old men, and a drinking test starting with wheat grass to see just how much his stomach could take. The boys intend to return shortly to secure themselves places in this underground realm, I'm not sure where this will all lead, if anywhere, but I have been asked to chronicle their escapades. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of 'Host Boys'.

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