I have recently read a few interesting articles on Japanese culture. This article discusses men in Japan who have found companionship with their cartoon-decorated pillowcases. This article describes the line of work known as “hostessing” in Japan. Hostesses serve as female companions in swanky clubs to men who can afford their high prices. The author argues that this job, once considered improper, is gaining prestige in less than robust Japanese economy. Hostess jobs are:
among the most lucrative jobs available to women and with the country neck-deep in a recession, hostess positions are increasingly coveted, and hostesses themselves are gaining respectability and even acclaim. Japan’s worst recession since World War II is changing mores.