Enjoying a drink with an AV star, however, is another matter. In recent years, actresses have started appearing at a number of hostess clubs in Tokyo.
The recently reopened Red Dragon, located in the Roppongi entertainment area, employs stars like Hitomi Kitagawa, with whom, reports Shukan Jitsuwa (Mar. 7), the old college try might be in order.
“I like drinking,” says Kitagawa, who is known in the industry for pleasantly juxtaposing a baby face with a huge bust, “but I’m weak when it comes to alcohol. When I’m drunk I feel as if the customer is my friend.”
“And I tend to provide a lot of body contact,” she continues. “I’ll do my best to entertain you so come on down.”
On December 10, the club moved into a fifth-floor space between the Roi Building and Roppongi Crossing after a two-year stint on the other side of Gaien Higashi-dori.
Each night, roughly 20 AV stars serve drinks and engage in pleasant conversation with customers arriving at Red Dragon. More than 100 actresses are included on the club’s roster, with such top stars as Chika Arimura, Kirara Asuka, Maki Hojo, Rio, and the aforementioned Kitagawa appearing during special engagements.
Red Dragon’s manager tells Shukan Asahi Geino (Feb. 28) that the current number-one gal at the club is 34-year-old Sayuri Honjo. “Fans who watched her when they were younger seem to have built up some extra cash to spend,” says the manager. “She is also fun to talk to while having drinks.”
Indeed, a fair bit of cash is a necessity. Entry fees for visitors start at 12,000 yen for the first 60 minutes. A 2,500-yen table charge is required, and a 30-minute extension costs an extra 5,000 yen. (A.T.)
Source: “Gokujo AV joyu to ippai,” Shukan Jitsuwa (Mar. 7, page 222)