The Tokyo Reporter

Death by Viagra causing grief for love hotel owners

A love hotel in Ebisu, Tokyo
“It appears that with more widespread usage of Viagra, more older men are dying with their boots on, if you know what I mean.”

The anonymous love hotel proprietor tells Nikkan Gendai (Nov. 29) that over the past three years, he’s had to deal with two fatalities.

“I guess when men are having affairs, they tend to push themselves beyond their own limits. For an older man to take Viagra and then jump on a young girl’s bones, he’s asking for trouble.”

The man says the position where the pair couples by the woman straddling the man while seated has been a frequent source of heart failure. Apparently the excitement is just too much for such individuals.

It may be stating the obvious, but dealing with a fresh corpse in a love hotel is no piece of cake. The elevators are too small to carry out the body on a stretcher, so the only way the rescue squad can get the dead man out is to carry him in the elevator piggy-back.

In general, women who find their partner has suddenly expired can be expected to react in one of two ways: There’s the type that tries to assist, and the type that flees in panic.

If they stick around and accompany the deceased in the ambulance, there’s always the chance they’ll run into his family at the hospital, which is really asking for trouble. What’s more, they may be grilled by the police. Which is why only about 10 percent of such women are said to stand by their man.

The hotel operator relates a story he heard from a friend in the same business.

“Three years ago, this couple checked in, a woman in her 20s and a man in his 60s.

“The woman left the hotel before then man, giggling to the person at the reception, ‘Pops really knocked himself out. He’s still resting up.'”

“The hotel staff thought the woman was pulling their leg, but by the time they finally got into the room to check on the man, rigor mortis was already setting in. The emergency stairs were a spiral staircase, so the only way the rescue crew could get him down to the ground floor was by holding his body vertically.”

“Imagine having to move a dead body by standing it up in the hotel elevator. It may sound ridiculous, but it’s nothing to laugh at. Having customers drop dead in the sack is the last thing a hotel needs.” (K.S.)

Source: “Tatta mama hakobareta fukujoushi no itai,” Nikkan Gendai (Nov. 29, page 32)

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