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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chelsea Haywood Narrator: Eloise Oxer Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emily Mirski | 2/20/2014

    " It has interesting moments. Readable as a trite way to satisfy curiosity about a particular aspect of Japanese culture and lifestyles but not well written overall - lacked continuity in the story telling, with scattered, feeble attempts to be clever. I kept getting the impression that because the author is very physically attractive, being a model,that she is accustomed to people treating her as though she is more interesting than she really is. Without the aide of physical allure, a writer must depend solely on wit and I found hers not completely lacking but not nearly as intriguing as it should have been. Her intelligence is evident, only she is not that talented of a writer. She skips about randomly and often ends chapters abruptly with observations that fall flat. There are moments of insight and she does manage to illustrate certain features of Japanese hostess culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathon | 1/29/2014

    " I found my self at times loathing the author for her actions in this story of her time as a hostess in Tokyo but despite that I enjoyed the book immensely. It really paints a vivid picture of many cultural aspects of Japan that are not widely known or understood to those of us uh the west. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caitlin | 1/21/2014

    " The experiment and the subculture this book explores is interesting, but the way the material is presented leaves much to be desired. I would have given it 1 star if it wasn't for the fact that you will depart with a small amount of knowledge about the hostess industry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 1/16/2014

    " I read this book about 2 years ago, so I don't remember all the details associated with it. What I do remember is that it provided some insightful answers to questions that I have been wondering about the hostess situation in Japan. I immediately identified with Chelsea's story as she was in Japan around the same time that I lived there. Although I've never had any association with the hostess bars, I was always curious about the lives of foreign women who worked in them. Unlike some of the women (notably from Eastern Europe and SE Asia), Chelsea had the privilege to weave in and out of the system relatively easily. I really enjoyed her book as it provided insight into an area of Japan that I wasn't brave enough to explore. In saying this, I give her extra credit for attempting something that is so dangerous while also being able to depict the experiences many women experience in this seedy underworld of Japan's entertainment industry. "

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