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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: March 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/16/2014

    " Definitely allows one to experience what 90 days hostessing would be like. Thoroughly entertaining! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicola | 1/15/2014

    " Simplistic writing. Hard to sympathize with the author. But some interesting stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alane Kataria-Rennie | 1/9/2014

    " This was a really fun book. It was fluffy in parts, but interesting and enjoyable. Beware, there is a really creepy moment toward the end of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maeghan | 12/28/2013

    " An interesting enough read, but about halfway through I found the author's voice annoying and disingenuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Frith | 12/26/2013

    " Great insight into Japanese culture and the role of the Geisha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Bretzke | 11/19/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed the insight into this other world. It's insightfullness into a world I knew nothing about was intriguing. An easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 11/7/2013

    " Title is very misleading. She's a hostess not a Geisha, there's a difference. That being said the book starts off kind of interesting but towards the end it gets a little frustrating. Probably worth a read but I most likely won't be reading this book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonita | 4/22/2013

    " The Japanese sexual psyche is well explored in this book. The going off to hostess bars, the relationship between hostess and client - all very well explained. One could relate :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailee | 11/17/2012

    " Makes u wanna go to japan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arpita Paul | 8/5/2012

    " Liked the book. Give a perspective of Tokyo culture. I was quite surprised reading the book. Though the book says its true account of this author, am still not sure. Is Japanese culture - one of the oldest cultures....so...!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carmie Thomas | 6/12/2012

    " I don't really know what I expected from this book when I got it....I love anything Japanese! But this book....I guess it really didn't capture my attention at all! Could only get through a few pages before I was just done with it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madi J | 3/13/2012

    " A firsthand account of a hostess in Tokyo. Interesting, funny, entertaining, a little sad.. I loved this book! I had no idea that this type of occupation existed in modern day. Learned a lot reading this book and it was just a really interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Cavanough | 12/14/2011

    " An interesting look into the life of a Western woman working in a hostess club in Japan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammi | 11/19/2011

    " Interesting, but dragged a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/11/2011

    " The title of this book was misleading because the author was a hostess, rather than a traditional geisha, in Japan. Although her descriptions of the various men she met as hostess got tedious, her descriptions of Japanese culture were interesting. "

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