Since the beginning of this year, there have been a number of incidents involving love hotels.
In March, a 17-year-old woman strangled her boyfriend, a 21-year-old man, to death in a love hotel room in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture. The murder weapon was reportedly a string from a bathrobe in the room.
In July, the body of a man whose head was taken away was found in a love hotel in the downtown area of Susukino in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
In January, a 14-year-old junior high school girl in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, also became a captive of overdose and was sexually assaulted in a love hotel by a 38-year-old man after following him for cold medicine.
Kabukicho is a battleground district with more than 80 love hotels. It seems that there are other unusual incidents that are not reported in the media every day in this town. Ami (22), a delicatessen girl, tells her story.
It’s not a crime, but it’s something that makes you wonder. A customer calls me to a room in a love hotel, and I see a huge amount of rice and sashimi in the room. I’m having a nigiri-zushi party today. I was told, ‘Let’s have a women’s party later,’ and I prepared myself for the fact that I would not be able to escape this.
Fortunately, the sashimi had been bought at a department store just before the party and it looked hygienically safe, so I said, “I’m on a diet,” and managed to eat just a few pieces. I’m afraid I’m going to smell like a woman’s body or something, and I don’t want to waste food. ……”
Some customers want to “bring it” to the girls, while others want to “take it home” with them. Taking their underwear home is a common occurrence, but sex worker Miki (pseudonym, 20) was approached to take something even more over the top.
As soon as we were alone in the hotel, she asked me to buy her excrement for 10 yen per gram. I hated it so much, but it was worth the money. …… I put it all out in a Tupperware he brought and had it weighed on the spot. As a result, I was able to give him more than 100 grams, so he gave me about 100,000 yen that day. He put the Tupperware away in his bag with great care.
Later, when I got another nomination from him, he said, ‘Oh, by the way, what did you do with that?’ I was stunned when he replied, ‘I freeze it and eat it in small portions. …… He said he changes the seasoning every time and alters the taste.”
In addition, he says that people often abscond with his personal belongings without his permission. Yuta (pseudonym, 21), a hostess in Kabukicho, reveals his experiences.
When I went to a love hotel with a female client, she ran away with about 1 million yen, my salary for that month. When I went to bed and woke up, the money was gone. I couldn’t leave the room without paying him, so I couldn’t chase him. In the end, my friend helped me out.
Host clubs basically hand out salaries in cash, don’t they? The other guy also looked like he was used to playing in Kabukicho, so he may have been targeting my payday. In addition to being my first customer, he had blocked my LINE, and I cried myself to sleep without any other contact information. ……”
The number of cases of “stand-up” and other forms of personal prostitution are increasing, where rental rooms that can be reserved online are being used instead of love hotels. In this season of summer romance, please be careful when using facilities such as love hotels and rental rooms, where you can stay overnight without seeing anyone, so as not to cause any “unfortunate incidents.
Reporting and writing： Sasaki Chihuahua
Born in Tokyo in 2000. After attending an integrated school in Tokyo from elementary school to high school, he went on to Keio University, where he has been living in Kabukicho since he was 15 years old and has a wide range of personal connections. At university, he is studying the sociology of the downtown area, including Kabukicho. His book, "Pien" to SNS Seikatsu to Seiketsu no Shohi" (The Disease of "Pien": Consumption and Approval of the SNS Generation) is now on sale.