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For Men with Yen

For-Men-with-YenFor Men With Yen: A Guide to the Japanese Hostess System
Rosenberg, O’Neill, and Kikuchi

Submitter: A book about the hostess system in Japan from the 60s. I wish I knew more about this book.

Holly: Well, let me tell you more!  According to  http://www.justin.org/vita/trip/japan/media/bukz, “Two American men come to Japan in the 1960s to sample and explain the hostess clubs, complete with comical illustrations.”  There’s another web site, http://www.links.net/vita/trip/japan/media/bukz/formenwithyen/ that explains it even further.  I would love to see more of the illustrations, which are described as “lively!”  In a nutshell, it seems to be about members-only clubs in Japan (in fact, sometimes specifically Japanese members only) in which men are served by women.  They are sort of like Geisha, only with less formality and training.  The holding libraries seem to be mostly academic, and also international (Australia, Japan, Italy).  There is a copy in Hawaii. too.  This looks like an interesting book, if taken in its historical and cultural context.    If not, then it slides into the “awful library book” category.

13 Responses to For Men with Yen

  • Thank goodness nothing can be construed from the picture of a spread-legged woman over phallic shaped landmarks

  • FYI, there are also “host clubs” where women pay to be served by attractive young men. Both host an hostess clubs are heavy on getting the client to drink and spend as much money as much as possible. 🙂

  • That cover! That title! That *font*!

  • WTF does whatever that woman is doing on the cover have to do with ‘hostessing’?

  • The entire cover is hideous. The woman’s face, dress, posture, the position of the subtitle… ICK

  • Whut: I was wondering the same thing. It looks like she’s a practicing her chearleading routine. “Gimme an F!”

  • Wow. That cover is all kinds of sexist. Love, love, LOVE that vintage font, though!

  • Hey. It’s hard to have good posture when your waist is the width of your (only) hand, and the ankle of your supporting leg is only as wide as your nose.

  • I think it’s pretty clear what this book is about without even opening it. Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? Naughty!, as they said in 1962.

  • There are host clubs for both men and women, but I’ve never heard of hostess clubs for women, now that I think about it.

  • In light of the recent arrest of a certain traveling businessman who just couldn’t leave the maid in his NY hotel alone, I’d probably opt for not keeping this book. Unless you think someone will be researching the long-standing scandalous traditions involving business travel. . .

  • I lived in Japan for several years. It would be fascinating to read a book about gaijin (foreigners) in Japan in the 60s.

  • This type of book was marketed to GI’s, as I saw some like it that covered Japan and Asia when I was in Nam (they weren’t particularly helpful resources). Why it ended up in a library? Odd choice for a collection.