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Japan's 'Geisha Guys' are the newest accessory
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I don't know if this has been posted before, because I have just now seen it online for the first time. If it is a repeat, or should have been in another topic forum, then lock it, pull it, do whatever you feel necessary. I was just wondering:

1. How do you feel about it (i.e., does this bother you or do you think it's about time)?
2 Anybody you think would make a good "Geisha Guy'....I think Kamenashi Kazuya of Kat Tun would be GREAT as one.

Her's a picture of the guy featured in the article.


Japa's 'Geish Guys' the latest accessory


TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- At first glance, the man and woman at the nightclub look like any other couple on a date. He flirts and pours champagne. She looks at him and laughs.

Businesswomen in Japan pay up to $50,000 a night for male companionship from "hosts" like Yunosuke.

This isn't a date, though. It's business.

The woman, a successful executive, has joined a growing number of professional women in Japan in forking out from $1,000 to $50,000 a night for male companionship.

They meet their "hosts" in hundreds of clubs that have sprung up around Tokyo - the industry says only compliments are exchanged. The women pay for a man to lavish them with undivided attention.

"There's nothing wrong with a woman paying to be entertained by a man," one female client says. "It's just another step in equality."

It's a dizzying reversal of traditional gender roles in a country long known for geishas pampering male clients with conversation, singing and dancing. Now a new breed of entertainer has cropped up -- think of them as male geishas.

"I give women things that men normally don't do, like complimenting their appearance," says one host, 24-year-old Yunosuke, who only goes by his single host name. "I make women happy."

And they make him happy: Yunosuke says he earned more than $200,000 last year, enough to let him visit a salon once a day to have his hair dyed and blow-dried.

"Women see us as one of their accessories," he says. "They like to wear nice things, so I try to look prettier for them all the time."

What drives the business boom is an increase in the earning power of Japanese women, according to Air Group, a company that owns a chain of "host" clubs.

"Japanese women are now working hard and making more money," says Yuko Takeyama, a woman in her early 30s who manages Air Group. "The see this as a way to de-stress."

Women love being treated well without the pressures that come with dating, she says.

Yunosuke's customer from the nightclub agrees.

"This is a gift for myself," she says. "It's the same as spending money on a trip or buying something."
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wonder if i'm qualified...
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interesting
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Disturbing but kinda cool...I've seen Shige from NewS and Matsumoto Kohei dressed up as a Geisha as a punishment..and they look pretty!!
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Well i seen it at TV.
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hmmmmm good money out of it
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symbolic to new fashion
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*shrug*

We're moving towards new times
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oh
the hosts?
hahaha after watching ouran host club, i actually had the urge to go to japan and go to one of the clubs
i guess i will one day..
its not everyday you get a pretty boy who clings to you and treats you like a gem
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gee, this is exactly why i hate asian guy celebrities.
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well..i think its nice...lol i wouldnt mind...then again it shows how desperate i am forr any guy's attention
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What do I think? I think if some fruity guy was "flirting" with me at a club, I'd beat the shit out of him...


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I smell gigolo
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maybe he's just a host? a male geisha sounds strange..o____O
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YEAH!!!...it is disturbing....but I've read mangas that the male characters are working at some host club for money...like wallflower...
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