7 Facts That Show a New Side of Japan
You can spend hours talking about Japan, the serene land of sakura, robots, and hard workers. Japan ranks third among the world's leading economies and is well known for its rapid technological development. It is also the world leader in the number of suicides per year. Why? One of the main reasons is considered to be people's loneliness, in addition to workaholism and professional burnout.
Bright Side found out how the Japanese cope with these problems.
A silicone doll instead of a real girlfriend
Men who were disappointed about a relationship or failed to find a love partner prefer to use a lifelike silicone doll. Men explain their decision: "This girl won't demand any money and presents, and she won't be jealous and scandalous."
Pet rental service
Pet rental is one of the most demanded services in Japan. Its popularity can be easily explained: apartments are quite small (approximately 650 square feet), and it's not convenient to have a pet there. Plus, a busy working schedule leaves little time to take care of a pet.
Hugs and conversation for money
"There is only one true luxury, that of human relationships," said Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In Japan, people are ready to pay big money for this type of luxury. Here the enjo-kōsai (援助交際 – literally translated as "a compensated dating") is an extremely popular practice. Older men give money or luxury gifts to attractive young women for their companionship.
High technologies in Japan make it possible for people to start relationships with characters from the virtual world. Men take their "girlfriends" on dates, buy them presents, and can even marry them in a special place with a minister, a witness to the marriage, a wedding cake, and a virtual reality device.
Male host clubs
There are special places in Japan where women go to spend time with attractive male hosts. Handsome men entertain women with attentive conversation, drinks, and compliments.
Single women visit such male host clubs to feel attractive and wanted. Some married women like to come too, mainly to distract themselves from everyday family issues and problems.
Single Japanese men love to rent a wife and kids and not just to greet them after a working day. Many men rent a family for the weekend to spend time with kids in a park or to go shopping with a wife. By the way, the price of the service is pretty high: $700 per hour. However, the demand is also very high.
Japan is a pretty small country. Therefore, the apartments are also small, and the rent is very high. So what do young couples have to do if they want some privacy? They usually go to a "love hotel" and rent a room there. It is a type of short-stay hotel that provides young couples with privacy for intimate activities. They can make any fantasy real here.
Bonus: The creator of the first karaoke machine, Daisuke Inoue, lives in Japan. At first, people were very skeptical about his invention. In 2004 he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for "providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other." Now karaoke is a well-known and popular way to cheer people up and have a good time with friends.
These are just a few ways to cope with stress and feel less lonely in Japan. Would you like to try a family rental service or date a virtual girlfriend? Share your opinion and how you cope with stress in the comments.