There are many women in Kabukicho who use their money in various ways, but one in particular is Moeka (pseudonym), who turns 28 this year. She is one of the strangest of them all. She leaves large sums of money at the cash register without “going in” to host clubs. Not long ago, she left one million yen without entering the club. What in the world does she mean by “spending it without entering the club”?
The host in charge told me that he didn’t have enough money for another one million yen. I wasn’t in the mood to drink, so I left the money on the cashier and came out. All I needed was the fact that I had spent the money.”
Moeka is from the Kansai region. After graduating from high school, she worked at a company but became depressed, and later moved to Tokyo with no particular goal in mind, where she began working in the sex industry to earn money.
She says, “I originally wanted to get plastic surgery, so I started working in the sex industry to earn money to pay for it. I connected with girls who worked at night on Twitter, and from there they invited me to a host club ……. It’s a very common pattern, I guess (laughs).”
At the time, Moeka spent about 1.5 million yen every month at the behest of her host. After that, she fell in love with another host, and continued to nominate him for more than two years.
I fell in love with him at first sight. I thought he had a really beautiful face. I’ve never been good at LINE, and I don’t need daily conversation, so I don’t talk at all when I go to host clubs. I don’t talk at all when I go to host clubs. I think they might not have known what I was spending my money on (laughs). (Laughs.) But since I became hooked on hostesses, I think my earnings from sex work have definitely gone up.
Moeka worked as a popular prostitute at a high-class soap in Yoshiwara, but in order to earn even more money, she says she tried all kinds of ways to earn money, such as working as a hostess at a deli-hero and migrating overseas.
She says, “I spend a lot of money at host clubs! It’s worth working if you have a goal to spend a lot of money at the host club. If I don’t work, I have no time. I work even though I have no use for the money. On my days off from soaps, I go to a meet-and-greet cafe or do papa katsura. I either go to a host, sleep, or meet an old man.
What kind of host is Moeka into?
I prefer someone who is a little out of the ordinary. Someone who does unpredictable and unpredictable things and turns me around, rather than trying to sell me on some strange love affair. Also, I’m thinking about marriage at my age, so I might be a little vulnerable to that kind of talk. …… But basically, I only like successful girls. A successful girl who is out of her element. And I feel like I can’t be an ace.
An ace is the host’s biggest customer. For Moeka, spending money on a host is almost like “playing a game to become an ace. Because it is a game, she sometimes “doesn’t go in” to a host club, leaves her money at the cash register, and goes home.
Although Moeka’s example is extreme, there are many women in Kabukicho whose goal is to “just spend money. The sense that they are spending this much money and consuming it may be a confirmation of their own existence value that they can earn that much money.
Finally, I asked Moeka, “What are you looking for in a host?” When I asked her, she thought for a moment and then said, “Stop thinking. Women who go to host clubs are quite profound.
Born in Tokyo in 2000.
After attending an integrated school in Tokyo from elementary school to high school, she went on to Keio University.
She has been going to Kabukicho since she was 15 years old and has a wide range of personal connections.
At the university, he is studying sociology of the downtown area including Kabukicho.
His book, ” Pien” to shakai” (“The Disease of ‘Pien’: Consumption and Approval of the SNS Generation”), is now on sale.
Interview and text： Sasaki Chihuahua