My Host Club Experience

What is a Host Club? Well, to very shallowly surmise it, I would describe it as an establishment where hot men are paid to spend time with, give attention to, and entertain women during the night. Since I first heard about Host Clubs in high school, I've had an unhealthy fascination with them. The whole concept of Host Clubs intrigued me and I've researched extensively years prior to this visit. In my mind, the visit to a host club would be super awesome and fun.

I've been to Tokyo two times previous to this trip  but because I was travelling with my family the first time and the second time with my boyfriend, I missed out on the chance of going to one. They say third time lucky. This time seeing as I was single and travelling with my best friend, there was no way I was missing out on the opportunity!

During my teenage and J-pop fan girl years, I imagined the Japanese hosts to look like Yamapi or Kamenashi.

Kame aka Kamenashi Kazuya from KAT-TUN

Now, being considerably older, my taste in men has obviously changed but, hypothetically, if these Japanese hosts really did look like Yamapi or Kame, I really wouldn't mind at all!

Yamapi aka Yamashita Tomohisa

Prior to our visit, we were advised by our Japanese friend to do some research online. He said we should go to a club with a higher average of good looking hosts and to avoid the clubs with a big discrepancy between the number one host and the rest. He also advised us not to trust the billboards as it's cheaper to change the pictures of hosts on the internet than the billboards! However, after extensive research on the internet, we were extremely put off by the pictures we found of the hosts and nothing appealed to us.

source: google images

source: google images

In the end, we decided to wing it and go with whichever host was more charming and could persuade us to visit their club. So after dinner and a day of shopping in Shinjuku, we headed to the infamous Kabuki-cho; the entertainment and red-light district of Shinjuku. My bestie had no interest in visiting a host club but was obliged to accompany me on my first host club experience. Safety in pairs, they always say. 


Straight away, we were approached by a host. In my opinion he wasn't very good looking and looked quite young. That aside, he was very friendly and charming and made us feel comfortable enough to go to his club. He promptly called another host, Pierre who came down to escort us to the host club. We were led to a building and into an elevator and up we went to the eighth floor.

Because we were first time customers, the price was 1000 yen per person which gave us an hour with the hosts and a cheap bottle of plum wine each. The rules were explained to us and were told we had to pick three hosts. We were not allowed to see them in real life and had to go by photos on an iPad. Each host we picked came out accompanied by two others and they rotated like that until the one hour is up. It was a simple enough process.



As we were flipping through the iPad, we found that the hosts looked extremely young. In our indecisive state, we wanted to explain to the man that we found the hosts unappealing as they all looked fairly young and for some reason,  I was quite sure that the word "young" in Japanese was yowai. So I proceeded to call these men yowai as I flipped away. Well, you can understand the confused looks that we were garnering if you realise our blunder! Yowai actually means "weak" and the whole time we were (in our minds) saying these hosts  were young, we were actually saying they were weak! That was a hilarious language blunder!

Once that was sorted, our hosts started joining us. Some of them were very socially awkward, most were not good looking at all and we just wondered how in the world did they get this job? As the night progressed, it just got worse and worse and we felt more and more uncomfortable. My favourite host, Pierre, who was the most charming and good looking, continually tried to persuade us to buy more drinks and spend more money. And we knew that we would be charged extortionate prices for these drinks that were not of good quality so we resisted. When it was evident we weren't going to buy any, he quickly lost interest. This really annoyed me because I felt like he wasn't genuinely nice or wanted to make conversation. All they wanted was to make money off us which made us feel like cash cows.

It was an interesting but very disappointing experience. I'm sure if we went to a really good club with very good looking hosts that are charming and nice then it would been a much more enjoyable experience. But in saying that, I'm not willing to spend hundreds of dollars in a night for fake, good looking company. Nonetheless, I'm happy to tick this off my bucket list because it was an interesting culture experience.

Host Clubs; Only in Japan! Please feel free if you have any questions about host clubs or comments about your experience at a host club! We would love to know how other people found it!








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10 comments:

  1. Good! Your best blog post to date!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you like the post.

      Marinda Leigh.

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  2. oh my gosh LOL about the 'weak' thing! I so wish you could have taken pictures inside because I am super curious! When someone says 'host club' I think of like....Ouran High or something @_@ which is totally off, even I know >.< Too bad that it wasn't the best experience but I'm sure it's one you'll never forget!!! =]

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    1. Yeah it was too bad we didn't manage to get any photos. But if I were to describe it, I would say it's kinda like a very small bar where there are little round tables situated near the walls. It was dimly lit and quite a small place. There weren't many customers in there either.

      And I would have DIED if it were anything like Ouran High! I love that anime! That would have been such a great expeience =D

      Marinda Leigh.

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  3. wow! i so don't want to feel like a cash cow myself, although i'm still very curious of what a host is but uhmmm i think i'll pass since (your right) there not really that attractive in real life as seen in the internet compared to their photos

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    1. They basically just chat with you and make you feel really special etc. It would work if they are all genuinely charming and good looking. Maybe we just went to a really bad one haha!

      Marinda Leigh.

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  4. Wow! Thanks for your blog! I really have a question: Did they asked for your ID? I'm already 25, so it wouldn't be a problem for me - but I really wonder about that! :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it :) We had to give them our ID to record our details :) Since they offer alcohol, I think you will have to be over 18?

      Marinda.

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  5. Is 1'000 yen more or less USA$8?

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  6. Great post, thank you. I lived in a Japan for a year but I never really was interested in hosts clubs though I always wondered.
    You have to be 20 to drink alcohol in Japan so I hope the hosts were at least 20 ;)

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