Hostesses? Ha! Hosts!

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In Japan, hostesses are dolled up girls that work in bars, pour men's drinks and light their cigarettes. Hosts?

Hosts are dolled up dolls that...work in bars, pour women's drinks and light their cigarettes. Host bars are popular with all sorts of regular women (business women, housewives, college students, etc), but as documentary The Great Happiness Space points out, some of the hosts' customers are actually hostesses (or workers in the sex trade). Why? They like dreamy guys waiting on them, making them feel good about themselves.

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モバイルゲームレビュー「リアルホストLOVE」 -GAME Watch [Game Watch via オレ的ゲーム情報]

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I guess most people commented here are Westerners, which makes sense to me.

It's just cultural difference. I don't get why people overreact so much.

I grew up in Japan and China and it's pretty safe to say that not only in Japan, in China, Taiwan, Korea(pretty much everywhere in East Asia), pretty looking guy(as oppose to manly man) has always been an important part in eastern aesthetics, history and culture.

In Asian old literature, portray of beautiful man like woman is very common. Also exists in Chinese Beijing Opera, Japanese Kabuki, they both have man playing female character. And there are many words and phrases to describe pretty man in Japanese and Chinese(eg. the expression that the man is so pretty that he's like a flower exist in both languages) . In Asian culture, if you see someone or say someone pretty, beautiful or feminine, people won't think it's weird or unmanly. It's just one type of beauty recognized by the society. And what's more, not all Asian guys will go with that style. There are tons of non-feminine men who are considered good looking in Asian culture(check out Hirai Ken). If you do get the chance to go to Japan or other East Asian countries, you won't see the hair-sprayed guys everywhere.

So if someone judge or bash it simply because the different culture, I would say it's really one-sided and unfair. I come from that culture and I'm man myself, yet I see nothing wrong with it because it's what considered good looking and fashionable.

If we put the other way around, Western stereotypical man with a lot muscles and body hair might be very disgusting to many people in Asia, too. And it's pretty funny to see some people bashing the hair style while in the West, men basically don't style their hair(well, short cut with gel doesn't count).