90-Day Geisha: My Time as a Tokyo Hostess by Chelsea Haywood

By Chelsea Haywood

An introspective trip into the glamorous world—and temptations—of jap nightlife, by way of former version Chelsea Haywood.
The hard-drinking, drug-taking, all-night tradition that dominates Tokyo’s Roppongi district could be a surreal position. Overworked eastern enterprise males can pay handsomely for the providers of a hostess—someone to speak to, anyone to supply sizzling towels and beverages, and infrequently only a spouse with whom to sing karaoke with all evening. Intrigued via rumors of this unusual way of life and armed together with her 90-day paintings visa and new husband, Matt, Chelsea throws herself into the lion’s den. but what she discovers approximately herself and concerning the population of this nocturnal existence a ways exceeds her expectations.

Hostessing, she involves locate, has “very little to do with intercourse, rather a lot to do with psychology, and not anything to do with prostitution.” Her character and dialog talents are her most sensible commodity, and Chelsea fast unearths herself charmed via those billionaire males, lots of whom are humorous, clever, even variety, and sometimes, very lonely. yet as she turns into increasingly more hooked up to her consumers, Chelsea quickly reveals herself getting burned at her personal video game, because the never-ending provides, compliments, and damaging surroundings of alcohol and medicine threaten to take either her marriage, and her sanity, to the sting.

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Some professions can’t be gone into half-assed. Some require being called to them, like giving your life to the church or the throne or the mob. To be successful at those jobs, it should be something you feel in your bones is the thing you have to do, or someone has to catch you at a young age and groom you into it. Being a cop should be the same way, but that’s not exactly how it was for my mother. It was the man who’d stalked Ma that convinced her to become a cop in the first place. She’d been working a combination of part-time jobs that barely paid the rent, kept the lights on, and filled our stomachs—usually as a bookkeeper or an apartment-leasing agent.

The last time he was seen he’d gone to pay a bill for his mother at a bank two miles from home. I’d completed similar grown-folk’s tasks for Ma, usually dropping off a payment at a branch downtown before I changed buses between school and home. The bike he’d borrowed from a friend to run the errand had been found behind a tree in some woods along the route between his home and the bank. The bank said he’d completed the transaction, so someone got him on his way back home. The police 28 No Place Safe Kim Reid didn’t think he’d run away.

I didn’t say anything, only thought how different it was at my school, where the football game was everything, where the team ran the show because they had a tradition of going to the state finals every year since dirt was created. The band had no soul and I was certain no one at the school had ever seen a step show, much less knew what one was. In my head, I kept hearing, Who brought disco? ” It was an attempt to keep the conversation from returning to her not going to the game. Or she may have asked because she was like an old person that way, bringing up the news or talking about the weather the way old people do when there’s nothing else to say.

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