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Monday, January 4, 2016

Joshikousei Café

According to a report from CNN, Japan has cafe's known as the JK Café... that's Joshikousei... high school girl café's.

Because this is Japan, you can logically assume it's not a café for high school girls to hangout at, but rather a café where Japanese high school girls work, serving adult men alcoholic drinks and food while providing the men with conversation.

CNN video on Joshikousei Café

While the café shown on the video seemed very open about what it offers - including a strict no dating of the customers rule - it is a disturbing trend.

The girls - all of whom seemed to be 18 in the video - are dressed in their official school uniform... the Catholic schoolgirl skirt and top, seemed to be quite happy making their approximately US$8 an hour, and are not merely urchins pulled off the street.

Each of the young women have written parental permission to work there.

Is there anything wrong with this type of café?

For the young women, I would say no. It's a job working in a bar/café. They are of legal age... though the report did not say if high school girls as young as 15 could work there... but the video shows a 16-year-old working there... it's an after-school job, and provides them with some spending money, or money to help out their family.

But, what is troubling, is that the café is populated with men who want to hang out with teenager girls. Legal age or not.

The CNN video shows a 45-year-old professor, and a 30+-year-old man, who say that visiting the café helps keep them young and they enjoy talking to the girls about such mundane things as school, work, life et al while (to me) annoying J-Pop music plays in the background.

Like it or not, this is Japan's Lolita Complex... the need to hang around with (or attraction to) young girls.

Does merely hanging around with young women/girls stem the need to have sex with them, or does it cause them to want to take things to the next level?

Any person familiar with society knows that once something becomes common place, for many people, they begin to crave something more... exciting or dangerous.

People who start with missionary position sex, might want something different, and when that becomes fulfilled, might want anal, or BDSM or more.

People familiar with serial killers know it can start with fascination with dead animals, proceed eventually to peeping Tom stuff, then feeling brave enough to grope, grab, sexually assault, rape and then murder.

Others know that one cigarette can lead to more. Alcohol to alcoholic. A toke on some marijuana to harder drugs.

People get bored with the mundane.

And so here we have a café that allows men who like young women - how else to put it - a chance to legally be near them... to talk to them and maybe even put a hand on them in friendship.

What's next? Use your imagination.

Now... while the café in the CNN video purports to not allow the female staff to date the men, odds are pretty good the men are going to try.

The video says that sometimes the male customers bring presents for the women... lipstick, flowers, heck, they give them money for the companionship... what sort of behavior does this teach the Japanese high school girl worker at the café?

That men will pay them for companionship... that next they could work at a bar where more than merely talking about school to a man will net them bigger cash bonuses... where selling themselves for sexual favors will bring even more cash... and while I understand the allure of money... to what end?

For a while, I dated a woman who used to work as a high-priced escort... she had a condo, tanning machine in her home, two cars that cost $100,000 each. All the stuff she wanted. She got out after making the money... and did so without succumbing to alcohol or drugs...

She was smart enough to know what she wanted (money), and how to get it. The men gave her what she wanted, and she to them. Did she achieve it legally? There's loopholes in Canadian laws which made prostitution legal, but illegal. I can't explain it.

But these girls working at the high school girl café... if ALL they are doing is serving drinks and food and chatting with men who behave themselves... and are using the money for safe reasons... and don't get caught in a downward spiral of such clubs... and don't let the work get in the way of their schooling... then there's nothing wrong with what they are doing.

But really... the fact that there are adult men... men with a wife and kids... who frequent such places... that's where the true moral dilemma is... even though they say it's just for fun... to feel young again...

Most guys get a hobby... drinking, recreational sports (in the West), watch TV, surf the Internet, play video games, maybe spend time with their own kid (hell, I coached soccer and baseball... went out earlier this morning to watch and cheer on my kid play hockey... the OPHL in Mississauga/Etobicoke is an inexpensive, non-competitive hockey league where kids of similar skill, regardless of age (though the team is for kids 6 to 12), play on the same line against a line of the same skill - parents are encouraged to volunteer... that includes selling coffee or hot chocolate, or acting as scorekeeper, timer and announcer of lines, goal scores and line-shifts, which are timed to ensure everyone plays equally... the league is in its 40th year of operation)... basically, I volunteer my services in the community I live in.

There's always stuff to do around the house, shopping for food... cleaning, laundry... as you can see... these last few things are all things no man in Japan would be caught doing because they are chores the wife/woman must do.

Granted the Japanese male does some stupid work hours... but rather than spend free time at home with the family, they choose to go out and chat up a high school girl.

And Japanese society says that is okay.

I can't argue with that. But I can say that Japanese society needs to grow up a bit... like the high school girls they are talking to.

Here's something to ask yourself... if Joshikousei Café's did not exist, what would these Japanese male customers be doing?

Andrew Joseph
PS: Thanks to Vincent for the heads-up on the topic and video.

1 comment:

  1. Do you know what the root of the fascination comes from?