Upon the opening over the summer of Japan’s first “sleep together” cafe in Tokyo’s Akihabara’s district, weekly tabloid Shukan Jitsuwa (Nov. 1) soon after dispatched a reporter for a peek inside.
The magazine reports that once Soineya, which literally means sleeping together cafe, started operating in September the Internet started to buzz with interest.
The concept is simple: Customers are able to lie down atop a futon alongside a female staff member for a set period of time. The cafe includes a series of private rooms partitioned by curtains.
Charges start at 3,000 yen for 20 minutes (though first-timers to the cafe will get double that time) and go on up to 11,000 yen for two hours and beyond. For those in need of substantial rest, a ten-hour plan is also available for 50,000 yen. To select a particular girl an additional fee of 1,000 yen is applied.
The magazine says that a similar operation exists in Saitama, the only difference being that the female staff members are bar hostesses. A check of the cafe’s Web site shows that a second Tokyo outlet opened in October in Shinjuku.
Shukan Jitsuwa’s reporter enters one booth in the Akihabara branch, and after a short while a black-haired, AKB48-type gal emerges. “Hello,” she says while offering a large, bright smile.
Though mere rest with a partner nearby is the idea, more intimacy is possible for a fee. A customer can have a girl sleep on his arm for three minutes; pet her head; stare at her; make her to change clothes; get her to provide a foot massage; and perform other various other tasks — each of which requires a fee of 1,000 yen.
The tabloid’s reporter requests that she rest on his arm and engage in an eye-to-eye stare.
“Since I just started working, I’m still a bit embarrassed,” she tells him, not knowing that bare skin of her upper thigh is visible below her tight pants.
For the first selection, the attendant’s head finds a place on the reporter’s left arm, her breast and armpit snuggling up close. He notes that the sound of her breath is audible and the scent of shampoo apparent — both of which he finds highly stimulating.
Then, with her face still positioned on his arm, the reporter requests that the eye-stare session commence. The view of her face and large breasts is highly satisfying, he writes, comparing the experience to that of a pair of lovers. When he suggests in jest that a kiss would be appropriate, she gives him a smirk that set his heart aflutter.
Such a sensation is quickly dashed after he asks her age. “I’m a 16-year-old high-school student,” she says. Pangs of guilt then wash over him as he realizes she is working after school.
Yet he is not overcome enough to not request another girl, who resembles actress Ryoko Hirose. He chooses to sleep in her lap for 1,000 yen.
She, too, is 16 years old. “What do you think of me?” she asks the reporter. “Very cute,” he responds. He notes that her one-piece dress reveals large parts of her thighs. He describes a healing sensation on the back of his head, though adds that the lower half of his body is doing quite well also.
“If a customer requests for more intimate activities in a private room for added money is it possible?” he wonders.
“For me, it is not possible, but other girls might do it depending on the money,” she says in what the reporter considers to be a suggestive response.
And that’s it, times’s up! As the reporter exits the cafe, he receives handwritten letters from both of his attendants, each of which makes him feel like he has discovered a new girlfriend. (A.T.)
Source: “Shizuka na buumu! Bijo wansaka soine saabisu ten sennyu rupo,” Shukan Jitsuwa (Nov. 1)
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