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Book review: American MaleWhore in Tokyo

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American MaleWhore in Tokyo: The Great White Host

Rowen Boozewell is the autor of the book. He lives in Tokyo with his best friend and seem to be enjoying a lot of football.

The book

We meet John Box, a man who comes to Tokyo, in pursuit of living the dream as a host at a host club. For those unfamiliar of what a host club is, here is a brief introduction: A host club is a place where females pay for male company. The hosts are charismatic and flirtatious, and they make their money by having the women pay for drinks, and the hosts get comission. Read more about host clubs on wikipedia.

whysojapan american malewhore in tokyo rowen boozewellJohn Box invites the reader into a world usually not known by an outsider. We get to see what’s actually happening in a host club, how they get their customers, what the customers are like and how the hosts charm them. We also get to see beyond the host club, what’s goes on behind the scenes. The relationships between the hosts, the rules of the industry, if there’s any brotherhood or rivalry.

While the book is often humorous, mostly because of Box being such a likeable douchebag, it’s momentarily sad and tragic. The host clubs seem like good fun, but there are also lonely individuals, yearning for love and attention. I think this is why a personality like Box is needed in the book, because he lights up the whole story, being a cheeky and carefree guy who just wants to have fun. Because host clubs are about that, having fun and escaping reality for a little while.

All in all, I truly enjoyed this book. It’s both educational and fun. For anyone interested in Japanese culture and curious to find out what host clubs are all about, I really recommend reading American MaleWhore in Tokyo: The Great White Host.

The book is very graphic, there’s a lot of alcohol, foul language and some very descriptive sex. Please be aware of that this book is for adult readers only.

The book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/American-MaleWhore-Tokyo-Great-White/dp/1495377598/
John Box on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnbox68
John Box on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2051810.John_Box

 





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Looking For Mameshiba In Tokyo

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Looking For Mameshiba In Tokyo

A reader of the blog emailed me and asked me about finding Mameshiba in Tokyo. He was a father that was travelling to Japan and wanted to buy some Mameshiba merchandise while on their trip, for a family member back home. In the email the father also asked if Mameshiba was still popular in Japan. They would be visisting a couple of cities during their trip, one of them being Tokyo. Mameshiba is one of our favorite Japanese characters, so on one of our trips to Tokyo we went on the search over most of Tokyo to find the cute little “bean dogs”.

Here’s our answer to the email:

On the first occation we visited Tokyo we had problems finding anything to do with Mameshiba. On our second trip we were more succesful. The two shops I can recommend you check out are both toy shops.

The first shop is Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza. This shop seemed to have a special offer selling Mameshiba, if its still on now I cant be sure, but its worth checking it out.

The address is:
Hakuhinkan Toypark 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan (Map link)
The website is: http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/
Closest subway station: Ginza (on the Tokyo Metro)

The second shop is Yamashiroya in Ueno. This is also a toy shop. When I was there, Mamishiba stuff was on the bottom floor around the other soft toys.

The address is:
有)ヤマシロヤ   Japan, Tokyo, Taito, Ueno, 6丁目14−6 (Map link)
Closest subway station: Ueno (on the JR Yamanote line)
The website is: http://www.e-yamashiroya.com/

Of course, all of this can change since we were there last year, but I think these two shops are your best bet. There’s one more big toy shop in Tokyo, Kiddy Land in Harajuku/Shibuya, but we have never found any Mameshiba stuff there.

****Update 13th sept. 2014 we got some information that still both shops stock Mameshiba products so that great****

****New update 7th march. 2015 from a user that posted a reply to this post, is that its better to go to Hakuhinkan Toypark seems the other shop did not have or had very little available for sale****

I still see adverts being made with Mameshiba, makes me believe they’re still popular. Good luck and hope you have a great time in Japan and find what you’re looking for.

If you have any tips on the hunt for Mameshiba in Tokyo, please share..!





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Tour Akihabara with maids

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Tour Akihabara With Maids

Akihabara in Tokyo, also known as Electric Town, is one of the most amazing places in the world for of us geeks out there. It’s got everything a geek loves and needs. From all your DIY electric projects, to buying your favourite anime figurines – you will find it there.

I just saw this fun video over on mtv81.com where they follow the Akiba maids showing you around the maze of streets in Akihabara. It is something different, not many can say they’ve had a tour of Electric Town by their own maids. It’s a fun idea!

You can check their homepage for more information here: http://www.akiba-tour.com/index.html
To watch the video click the link here or the picture above which will take you over to mtv81’s site: http://www.mtv81.com/videos/japon/akiba-land-tour-guide/





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Swedish Retailer Lagerhaus Establishing In Japan

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Lagerhaus

Lagerhaus, the Swedish interior design retail company, recently opened in Japan. It has been present on the Swedish market since it’s first store opened 1996 in the city of Gothenburg in an old run down cinema premises. A year later, their second store opened in the Swedish capital Stockholm. Fast-forward to the year 2009 and the retail company had expanded to more than 30 stores in 19 different city and towns across Sweden. To date Lagerhaus now has 34 stores and an online webshop. A lot of the products that are sold in their stores are of their own design, meaning that the stores have unique products to the market.

Lagerhaus to Japan

For the last year Lagerhaus has been working close with one of Japan’s major retailer Uny, which owns the department stores APITA. One of the reasons why Uny has started to work with the Swedish retailer is because of their low prices of products sold by Lagerhaus. Another reason is that Lagerhaus sells a lot of home interior product, making it an attrative retailer to work with. Lagerhaus’ first store has opened inside one of the APITA department stores as a shop-in-shop, setup with a 100 square meter area. Since the store opened in October of 2013 another four stores have now opened, bringing the count so far to five stores, all working as shop-in-shop setups. Lagerhaus has recieved coverage in Japanese media with its Scandinavian design. One of the press releases from Lagerhaus says that Scandinavian design is one of the popular trends at the moment. Lagerhaus is to continue expanding in the Japanese retail sector with more stores on their books in the next year. They’re hoping to have 20 stores up and running in Japan.

Lagerhaus stores can be found at the following locations:

Stores that are now open
Nishiyamato
Tonami
Ichinomiya
Narumi

The next stores that are planned are:
Oohito
Toyama Higashi
Inazawa
Kozoji
Nishioeki

For more information about the stores, check out there Japanese homepage on the address bellow:
http://lagerhaus-japan.jp/

Pictures source:
http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/lagerhaus-ab

 





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Kit Kat opens world’s first store in Tokyo

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Kit Kat Store Tokyo

Kit Kat has just opened it first store in Tokyo. From Jan 17th, anyone in the Tokyo area will now be able to visit the store to stock up on all the goodness that Kit Kat offers. Kit Kat is famous in Japan with many exciting flavours to choose from that can only be found in Japan. Check out our previous post about Kit Kat here: Kit kat and Japan. The new Kit Kat shop, called Kit Kat Chocolatory, is located in the Seibu department store located in Ikebukuro.

The Store

The store has some limited edition flavours that you will only be able to purchase there. Some of them are Sublime Bitter, Special Sakura Green Tea and Special Chilli. The store will the No. 1 place to find the new Kit Kat flavour when others become available on the market. According to It Media the store will aim certain flavours to adult tastebuds for the different seasons. Next time I’m in Tokyo I’m looking forward to visting the store. Check out this review from YouTuber Sharla in Japan from when she visited the store:

 Store information are as follow

1st floor Seibu department store 〒 171-8569 Tokyo Toshima-ku, 1-28-1 Minamiikebukuro
Underground station: Ikebukuro
Opning times: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 21:00, Sundays and holidays Holidays 10:00 to 20:00
Department store Seibu homepage http://www2.seibu.jp/usrinfo/index.html (in Japanese)
More information can be found in the news release from Nestle here: http://www.nestle.com/media/newsandfeatures/japan-kitkat-boutique

Photo credit: Nestle





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