Staged Seduction : Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club / Akiko Takeyama.
- Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 
1 online resource (248 pages)
- Love -- Economic aspects -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Man-woman relationships -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Nightclubs -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Sex-oriented businesses -- Japan -- Tokyo.
Sexual ethics -- Japan -- Tokyo.
- Local subjects:
- Japan. (search)
anthropology of future. (search)
commodified romance. (search)
flexible labor. (search)
gender and sexuality. (search)
lifestyle consumption. (search)
neoliberal subjectivity. (search)
service economy. (search)
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- In the host clubs of Tokyo's Kabuki-chō red-light district, ambitious young men seek their fortunes by selling love, romance, companionship, and sometimes sex to female consumers for exorbitant sums of money. Staged Seduction reveals a world where all intimacies and feigned feelings are fair game for the hosts who employ feathered bangs, polished nails, fine European suits, and the sensitivity of the finest salesmen to create a fantasy for wealthy women seeking an escape from the everyday. Akiko Takeyama's investigation of this beguiling underground "love business" provides an intimate window into Japanese host clubs and the lives of hosts, clients, club owners, and managers. The club is a place where fantasies are pursued and the art of seduction isn't merely about romance; a complex set of transactions emerges. Like a casino of love, the host club is a site of desperation, aspiration, and hope, in which both hosts and clients are eager to roll the dice. Takeyama reveals the aspirational mode not only of the host club, but also of a Japanese society built on the commercialization of aspiration, seducing its citizens out of the present and into a future where hopes and dreams are imaginable-and billions of dollars can be made.
Notes on Japanese Terms and Currency
1 The Consumable City
2 Commodified Romance
3 Entrepreneurial Attraction
4 Feminine Restoration
5 The Art of Seduction
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780804798556 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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