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The hosts that work at the club undergo strict training prior to their
initiation into the world of hosting. They acquire conversation techniques,
the art of subtlety, seductive smiles and other various skills. Following
this training they are expected to be an expert in flattery, able to understand
a woman’s character and deliver the right amount of charm and conversational
dexterity. This alluring and charismatic expertise is rewarded accordingly.
It is not unusual for very talented hosts to receive incredibly expensive
gifts such as watches and cars. Likewise, it is not atypical for a customer
to pay a particular host to accompany them shopping or to a place of their
choice. In order to reap such benefits however, the host must be very
talented at his job and able to distinguish himself within this competitive
world. He must be able to perform unquestioningly and immaculately for
his customer and attain regular clients in order to prove his ability
to entice more spending.
A poster displayed within the bar or sometimes a billboard outside ranks
the hosts in order of popularity. The look of a feted host usually includes
a mane of dyed wavy hair and searching eyes. Thus, it is every host’s
responsibility to adhere to the popular and sexy image that is highly
desirable. Once they achieve this, their ability to earn is limitless.
Not every Japanese woman is enamoured with
the idea of host bars. Still, there are plenty of females who are ready
to engage in the addictive and enticing host sanctuary that is available
at their fingertips. In this place of adulation and enjoyment, both males
and females happily adopt their roles for the evening. The potentially
sexual atmosphere is never made overt, only hinted at through flirtation
and choreographed smiles.
The host business is doing extremely well, signifying an important cultural
shift in Japan. The primary focus of these bars is women’s entertainment
and pleasure, a notable change in the Japanese adult entertainment climate.
It seems typically Japanese that these clubs are politely and neatly personified
by prosperous women and rather innocent young men. It’s only much
later in the night that the host bars are frequented by other female adult
entertainers such as hostesses and dancers who also come to relax and
enjoy the atmosphere.
It may be a transient job for many hosts; however it surely must be a
memorable one. A good host's ability to tantalise and entice any woman
will not be underestimated by anyone, least of all by other hosts. And
one only needs to observe the appreciative and admiring female patrons
to see how the game works. The world of the host is a charming one, where
flirtation and flattery are the key ingredients to success.