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Japanese Cultural Tidbits…Who Knew?

Posted on: October 18, 2007

PSFK’s recent post on Japanese love hotels brings to light some interesting facts:

  1. There’re approx. 25k love hotels in Japan.
  2. About 2% of Japanese adults visit/day.
  3. The industry generates more $$$ than the UK’s hotel market.

FYI, love hotels are defined on Wikipedia as: a type of short-stay hotel found in Japan operated primarily for the purpose of allowing couples privacy to have sexual intercourse.

I wonder, are most visitors prostitutes and their clients? Young couples who don’t have privacy because they live with their parents? Being there are so many of these establishments, what does this say about Japanese culture, specifically, romantic relationships (or lack thereof?). Ironically, later on yesterday, I read about the new book Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art. Looks fairly provocative, and no doubt sheds a little light on the above questions, but specifically focuses on: “the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art and how they connect with the wider historical, social and political conditions in Japanese culture.”

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2 Responses to "Japanese Cultural Tidbits…Who Knew?"

There’s another related book sitting on my shelf (for research purposes, you understand!)

Love Hotels
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