Tokyo Hostess:Inside the shocking world of Tokyo nightclub hostessing Clare Campbell
Alles begann 1978 in einem ganz gewöhnlichen Café in der Nähe von Kyoto. Schnell verbreitete sich die Kunde, dass hier die Kellnerinnen keine Schlüpfer unter ihren Miniröcken und transparenten Nylonstrümpfen trugen. Schon bald schossen ähnliche Etablissements im ganzen Land aus dem Boden. Männer standen Schlange, um das Dreifache für einen Kaffee zu bezahlen, nur weil dieser ihnen von einer untenherum unbekleideten jungen Frau serviert wurde. Innerhalb weniger Jahre griff ein neuer Trend um sich: der schlüpferlose ´´Massage´´-Salon. Der Konkurrenzkampf brachte zudem ein zunehmend bizarreres Spektrum an erotischen Serviceleistungen hervor. So gab es Särge, in die man sich nackt legen und durch Löcher unsittlich berühren lassen konnte, sowie S-Bahn-Interieurs für Fetischisten des ´öffentlichen Nahverkehrs´. Verblüffend simpel war das Konzept des Tokioter Clubs ´´Lucky Hole´´: Kunde und Hostess waren durch eine Sperrholzplatte mit Loch getrennt, durch die der Kunde ein bestimmtes Teil seiner männlichen Anatomie hindurchstecken konnte. In seinem nach jenem Club benannten Buch dokumentiert Nobuyoshi Araki Japans Sexindustrie in ihrer Blütezeit. Auf über 800 Fotografien hat er Menschen eingefangen, die in Tokios Rotlichtviertel Shinjuku Zerstreuungen suchten oder anboten, bis im Februar 1985 ein neues Gesetz zahlreiche Sexclubs zum Schließen zwang. Spiegelwände, Laken, Käfige und Bondage-Utensilien sind die Requisiten dieser vergangenen Welt der ungezügelten Ausschweifungen, die Araki hintergründig mit Anflügen von Humor und Poesie beobachtet und hinterfragt.
Student Grey Hutchins comes to Tokyo seeking answers to what happened during the notorious Nanking Massacre in which, in one city, the Imperial Japanese Army killed up to 300,000 civilians. Only one man can help her, a survivor of the Massacre, and now a visiting professor at the prestigious university of Todai in Tokyo; a man who is rumoured to possess documentary evidence of Nanking. But first Grey must gain his trust. Increasingly desperate and alone, she accepts a job as a hostess at the ´´Some Like It Hot´´ club, an upmarket nightspot catering for Japanese businessmen and wealthy gangsters. One gangster dominates, an old man in a wheelchair guarded by a nurse with sharpened teeth, said to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued wealth and well-being. It is an elixir which other members of the club want for themselves, at any price. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bert Kwouk, Emily Woof. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000126/bk_rhuk_000126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After half a decade in Japan, Garett Wilson thought that nothing could shock him anymore...until he started a new job and a new life at a high school in downtown Tokyo. Here he discovered the real Japan, not the version sold to tourists, and realized that it was far more thrilling, heartbreaking, and beautiful than anything he had ever experienced.Over the course of one year in Tokyo, Garett navigates the perilous waters of 21st-century Japan, where love and laughter are as common as violence and tragedy. From love hotels to sumo, Yakuza gangs to hostess bars, and a Shinto wedding to a KFC Christmas, discover what Tokyo is really like for its 38 million inhabitants.A travel book, a tale of sex and romance, and a love letter to a maddening, wonderful place, Lost in Tokyo provides a new perspective on living, working, and playing in the world´s most vibrant city. 1. Language: English. Narrator: CC Hogan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154295/bk_acx0_154295_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve? Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, followed the case from the beginning. Over the course of a decade, as the rest of the world forgot but the trial dragged on, he traveled to four continents to interview those connected with the story, assiduously followed the court proceedings, and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. Ultimately he earned the respect of the victim’s family and delved deep into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime - Joji Obara, described by the judge as ´´unprecedented and extremely evil.” The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory. Richard Lloyd Parry is the Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of the London Times and the author of In the Time of Madness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005105/bk_blak_005105_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
90-Day Geisha:My Time as a Tokyo Hostess Chelsea Haywood
Millionaires, surgeons, serial killers, CEOs: I light their cigarettes, mix their drinks. We engage in conversation. I am the facilitator of good times. I am a hostess. Step into the surreal world of a Tokyo hostess club and gain an exclusive underground pass through the eyes of author Chelsea Haywood as she explores a way of life unique to the Japanese, experiencing $600 dinners, kabuki theatre, Harajuku shopping sprees and first-class trips to ´anywhere you want to go´. This is the true story of one girl´s immersion in the world of hostessing, a late-night entertainment for wealthy Japanese men drawn from the traditional institution of the geisha. While the foreign slowly becomes familiar, Chelsea´s initial enthusiasm turns into turmoil as she struggles to maintain both her sanity and her marriage in the face of material excess and relentless temptation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eloise Oxer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001011/bk_boli_001011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde and 21 years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave. Her disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? What did her work, as a ´hostess´ in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve? And could Lucie´s fate be linked to the disappearance of another girl some 10 years earlier? Over the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given unprecedented access to Lucie´s bitterly divided family to reveal the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030175/bk_adbl_030175_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An unforgettable, breathless debut fiction by author Vann Chow, The Pachinko Girl is the winning selection of an international book award online with over 140,000 submissions. While the book appears to be a murder mystery, the author explores and exposes a slew of human rights issues such as gender inequality, hyper-sexualization of teens, homosexual discrimination, racial discrimination, and workplace bullying among others in Japan through the eyes of a foreigner with his friends from different walks of lives and professions in her seminal debut fiction series.Synopsis: An American businessman who lingered in Pachinko parlor every night in his lonely life as a foreigner in the city of Tokyo met Misa, a young Japanese hostess that worked at a the parlor by chance. Knowing her personal woes, he gave her his winning as an exchange for Japanese lessons. That large sum of money incriminated them to false accuse of sex trade. Meanwhile, an ex-adult film producer investigated the death of a certain foreign producer who happened to have filmed Misa in his legendary work, in which she was seemingly strangled to death. Was Misa the murderer? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149000/bk_acx0_149000_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.