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An introspective journey into the glamorous world—and Dionysian temptations—of Japanese nightlife
The hard-drinking, drug-taking, all-night culture that dominates Tokyo’s Roppongi district can be a surreal place. Intrigued by rumors of this strange subculture and armed with her 90-day work visa and new husband, Matt, Chelsea throws herself into the lion’s den. Yet what she discovers about herself and about the inhabitants of this nocturnal life far exceeds her expectations.
'“Haywood reassured herself and her husband that working as a Tokyo hostess in an upscale Roppongi bar was more akin to being a geisha than a prostitute. All she had to do was look hot in a dress and heels, keep the rich customers drinking, make conversation, and occasionally sing karaoke, all for a couple hundred dollars a night. Or so she thought.” —Publishers Weekly “When night falls on Tokyo’s Roppongi district, harried businessmen find a welcome respite from the relentless pressures of work. Here alcohol flows freely, drugs are easy to obtain, and, for a price, they can forget their cares in the company of a lovely young woman—or two or three. Like Karin Muller’s Japanland and Lea Jacobson’s Bar Flower, Haywood’s candid, lively debut celebrates the cultural complexities of modern-day Japan.” —Booklist, Starred Review'