“Danso guides” – Escort girls dressed as fashionable boys in Akihabara

Written by: Maite on February 22, 2013 at 10:06 am | In CULTURE, LIFESTYLE | 1 Comment

Akihabara is well-know for its maid culture. Who hasn’t heard about those girls in cute costumes serving their customers in the typical moe-style? But there are various concepts.

One of the latest business concepts are escort girls dressed in elegant suits or fashionable boys clothes. The look is completed by a hairstyle to make them look like a male host.

Bars and cafés with the same concept like Garden Quartz or Queen Dolce are already quite popular among women and also men. Since last year Re.sty now also offers an escort service of the so-called “danso guides“. The girls will go for a walk with you, join your shopping tour, or as their homepage claims they know the best places to go on a fun date with them or enjoy a delicious drink.

With a fee of ¥4000 per hour they are as expensive as the male hosts but maybe they will be even better man then a real man. They also offer a cheaper 40 minutes trial and a discount if you choose a trainee.

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Bed-sharing shop Soine-ya for lonely otaku opens in Akihabara, Tokyo

Written by: William on September 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm | In LIFESTYLE | No Comments

We all like the feeling of sleeping beside your loved one, right?

Well, how about those times when your said companion is not nearby or even if you don’t have someone at all — but you still want the experience of forty winks next to the warmth of female flesh.

A new shop, Soine-ya (literally “bed-sharing shop”, soine means to sleep beside each other), has just opened its…er, beds in Akihabara, letting you sleep next to a woman for those times when you want to feel the warmth of female flesh beside you.

soine-ya akihabara bed share sleep shop

Stereotypes aside, we reckon any man (or woman) could relate to this but most likely this will be aimed squarely at lonely otaku (geeks) who want to snuggle up close to a maternal figure.

It doesn’t come cheap, though. Just twenty minutes will cost you ¥3,000 (nearly $40), or ¥6,000 (nearly $80) for an hour.

If just sleeping in a girl’s lap is more your think, you can fork up ¥1,000 ($13) for just three minutes. Alternatively you could get the Hizamakura Lap Pillow.

Since it has only just opened, the profiles for patrons’ sleeping partners have not been updated but at some point you should be able to view who is available for bed-sharing that day.

This may be the first such place in Japan, though its existence does not surprise this blogger at any rate. It is located two minutes from Akihabara Station, so might just make a perfect resting place between otaku figurine purchases.

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Shinjuku Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

Written by: William on September 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm | In LIFESTYLE, PRODUCT INNOVATION | No Comments

What happens when the eroticism of Kabukicho meets the tech boffins of robotics industry and the cosplay and otaku cultures of Harajuku and Akihabara?

You get the Robot Restaurant, built at a reputed cost of 10 billion yen ($130 million).

We’ve had Gundam Cafe, the Evangelion Karaoke Room, a Evangelion Lawson convenience store… heck there was even a model railway hotel room. And now we have this. But how to describe it?

robot restaurant kabukicho shinjuku tokyo

Kind of like the leftovers from an unfinished Mad Max sequel, these scantily clad ladies ride around on large “robots” for pseudo-idol performances, only without much singing or dancing.

Following its opening over the summer, the Robot Restaurant has proved so popular that the charge has now increased to a whopping ¥4,000 yen ($50). Each “show” lasts around one hour and is held three to four times a day. Heck, it’s cheaper than Vegas, maybe?

We do like the nod to traditional Japanese theatre (namely Bunraku puppet theatre) with the stagehands dressed in black (kurogo), since officially they are “not there” as they arrange the set. Actually the whole affair has an air of Kabuki (appropriately for its location) or Gekidan Shinkansen — high octane, utterly superficial and silly, and yet kind of entertaining as well.

robot restaurant kabukicho shinjuku tokyo

There is also an interesting list of types of customers who will be turned away at the door. It includes host and hostesses (or other people working in mizushobai industry — a large amount of whom ply their trade in Kabukicho), as well as cosplayers and otherwise “unusually” dressed people, and even “pushy” personalities (presumably to protect the performers). (Plus you cannot watch the show wearing sunglasses.)

This is intriguing since the concept of the restaurant is definitely Akihabara and Harajuku subcultures, mixed with the naughtiness of Kabikicho — and yet all the genuine minions of these domains might not be allowed in to see the results!

We haven’t been ourselves yet and we wonder how longer this place will be around… but we’re tempted.

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