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As someone working in the hostessing industry, I get a lot of questions from non-Japanese friends about the nature of my work. Many people — even Japanese people — don’t have a good grasp of what a hostess is or does. It’s a very lucrative industry that can be found all over Japan, yet it’s also shrouded in mystery. For people outside the industry, it can seem almost impossible to break into. In reality, though, as mysterious as hostessing seems, the job is simple and straightforward.

Your main job as a hostess is to interact with, listen to, and serve…


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Note: Most of the links I’ve provided are news articles written in the Japanese language. This is due to the fact that very little of news of Japan has been covered in foreign media. I apologize in advance that I was unable to provide sources written in the English language.

It’s been a long time since my last post on Medium. Although I initially started this blog in the hopes of updating it on a regular basis, unfortunately, I did not have the discipline to simultaneously work as a full-time hostess and start my blog here. However, since the beginning…


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I feel really conflicted about my job. I’m not awake during hours that the rest of the world is awake, and I can’t hang out with friends during the week because I’m working when they get off of work. Add in the sexual harassment, the long hours, and the fact that I’m inhaling cigarette smoke for ten hours a day, and it can get pretty discouraging to continue this job. But, not only is it fodder for my writing brain, there’s also something else that’s attractive about the job. Yes, I get to experience a world not many people in…


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I initially began hostessing for two reasons: I needed a second job to help pay the bills, and I had been interested in this line of work since I was a college student. At my old job, a co-worker of mine actually recommended the job to me when I told her about my financial dilemma. The job was perfect because it was far enough away from home and from my workplace that I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew. Plus, my friend had worked there before, so I knew it wasn’t a shady bar. …


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I am a hostess.

I live in Tokyo and I am in my mid-twenties. I graduated a few years ago from university with no plan. I figured that life would work itself out, as long as I maintained my ambition and desire to eventually do big things in the future. I’m enjoying life in my twenties, and my hobbies include drinking with my friends and watching Netflix. My main passion is writing, and I aspire to become a full-fledged writer some day. Some of my aspirations include translating Japanese works of fiction into English, writing my own work of fiction…

Mia Hashimoto

Part-time blogger, full-time Japanese hostess

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