JAPANESE HOST BOYS: KABUKI-CHO HOSTS HAIRSTYLE. SHINJUKU HAIR SALON, CLUB AI, JROCK VISUAL KEI TUTORIAL.


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Hello, pretty host boys! I guest-hosted a Norway TV show about love in Japan, so of course, we explored the unique phenomenon of the host boy. Women pay these spiky-haired creatures to sing karaoke with them in Kabuki-cho clubs, drink copious champagne and whisper sweet nothings. A rent-a-boyfriend, if you will.

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The Norway TV show went to the home of Club Ai’s #1 host boy (yes, they are ranked and their “bite-me” photos displayed outside the club). Keiju greeted Ari and Per in nothing but a bath towel.

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Ari Behn, bestselling author and husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, is quite the Prince Charming himself.

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But how can anyone compete with these slick-suited, vaguely foreign smooth-talkers?

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Bracelet buddies. (Super Exclusive Lothario Host Friendship Club?)

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Like many of you, the Norwegians wanted to know — what’s the secret to Japanese host boy hair? How do they get it so stylized? So we took them to Kurokami, a hair salon that specializes in these matters.

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Ari and Per got host-ified!

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The amount of hairspray used is unbelievable (almost a can a person). Using a small comb, the hair stylists sectioned, straightened and sprayed.

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Voila: Ari Behn as a host boy.

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We got a host-style wig just in case. The cameraman modeled it for us!

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Naomi and I had so much fun working with Norwegian TV (she took these photos). Our coolhunting and trend consulting firm, La Carmina & The Pirates, helps film/TV crews shoot in Japan and elsewhere. We help with arranging locations, translation, business dealings and more. There’s more about our services on our website.

Do you swoon in the presence of host boys? Have you ever been to a host club? What was it like?

PS: I think my host boy is much more attractive than the ones on the Norway TV show…

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Song of the Day: Chthonic – Forty-Nine Theurgy Chains (A Taiwanese metal band!)

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  • Icepeach

    HI!!<3 I am a Norwegian girl that was on your website, and read about you working with Ari and Per from the program " Ari og Per" And i am sooo jealous about they going to Japan meeting you!!!! Im am just 14 so my parents refuse me to goo =(

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thank you, I’m glad you saw it!

    • -kodama

      Maybe you will see Japan when you are a little older- you wouldn’t be allowed into that host club until you’re an adult anyway… but you can still make touring Japan a fun goal for the future when you’re done with school! d(^_^)

      • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

        Exactly!! I’m sure you’ll be in Tokyo someday!

  • Momo

    What a doll ;).

  • LazyKandi

    FUCK YES!

  • Kon_kodou

    *o* the white haired one!

  • Stefan

    I contackt u when i go to Tokyo again.

  • http://twitter.com/Parangnabi ☆ Parangnabi ☆

    I want to rent- a -boyfriend , sexy, handsome and younger them me xDD

    amazing what the hairdresser made with their hair style *_*

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Younger is key, hohoh .:)

      • http://twitter.com/Parangnabi ☆ Parangnabi ☆

        yes *_* anyaway, I think you’re younger than me but I won’t make you to tell me your age,my sexy vamp ;)

    • http://www.kimooa.com/black-spiderman-costume.html black spider man costume

      Do Lemon and Ementhy join you on any of your adventures anymore these days? I miss those two from your posts…

  • http://twitter.com/KaizerKei Paulina

    The host boy hair part was hilarious xD

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Sigghhhh host boys!

  • http://wasurenai.tumblr.com Laura

    PROPS ON LISTENING TO CHTHONIC, they are absolutely mindblowingly good!!! :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Yeahhh such a hot group!

  • Isa

    It isn’t because you wrote “half naked japanese host boys” that i read your blog entry. Of course not ! I’m not that kind of girl

  • Eva

    HAHAHAHA!!! Wow!!! RENT-A-BOYFRIEND!!!!

  • Psique

    so hair-spray’s the secret huh??

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I think the secret to host hair is Passion :)

      • Psique

        I know, I just get frustrated sometimes….. i wish I could do it as fast as in kurokami hair salon

  • Dania

    Omg, please tell me what club the first guy is from! I had a hard time finding ones I really liked visually when I went. :[

  • Marissa

    Do Lemon and Ementhy join you on any of your adventures anymore these days? I miss those two from your posts…

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Awww! I miss them too… we haven’t been able to meet up for some time

      • Marissa

        Aw, that’s too bad. Though I was hoping to hear something like they’ve both been super busy after taking up respective modeling careers or something :)

  • John

    Thanks for introducing me to ChthoniC. Great band it seems.

    • M12

      I saw them live some years ago, very powerful band! I especially loved seeing Su-Nung live <3

  • Carlos

    Ooh ooh there’s documentary about rakkyo lounge in Japan about host boys “the great happiness space” or something like that. Its a very enjoyable documentary

  • Jill

    AH Japan, you never cease to amaze me with your strangeness lol

  • Star_gackt

    I wish Singapore haz it , it would be fun to experience it :)

  • Flip

    LAWWWWWWL. Carmina, I love this, really, just to see someone like Ari Behn in host hair, so lawl.

  • Stacy

    I lived in Japan and briefly dated a guy who was a host….interesting experience. Spent Xmas eve in a host club. Probably best Xmas ever! hehe

  • Andrea

    I wanna see more about host-boys. Its so hard to find good info! Please make host-boy “shopping guide” La Carmina!!! Onegaishimaasssuuuu!

  • Anonymous

    ah-hahah ! This article is so much FUN ! ( ^ __ ^ )

  • Jackie

    i <3 this photographs

  • http://www.youtube.com/takenoutofcontext Glitch

    *writes down on paper.* Going to salon = getting girls.
    Chthonic? I do believe the internets has just been won. :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      An amazing band.

  • Jrockonhigh

    It sounds like an interesting experience but I’ll wait until I’m twenty at least. This post was interesting and their hairstyles are awesome; if only I could get my hair to cooperate with me to try to ‘host-ify’ it.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      It takes lots of hairspray and passion!! >)

  • Sarah

    chthonic is an awesome band:D

  • Portgas

    HOT! <3

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBPVKAQAH6FZZBV6YBTTCVEQRA Lena Hizaki

    I’ve never been to a host club, but now I sure want to go to one someday! haha ^^
    This was an awesome episode, half-naked host boys was much to my liking. xD

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      haah yes! Who doesn’t love a half naked host boy?

  • http://twitter.com/KeiChanVK コンスタンティーナ

    the best host boy could only be Basil! <3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Aww I agree, he’s the biggest charmer!

  • Hege

    This show was awesome! I’m hoping for more Norway- collaborations :D

    • Lena

      Haha, same here! xD

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    ahh! I wanna get host hair one day ^~^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Muahaaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HEOJBTYCHICTEYWMXMIF6BSDRY Katrina Elm

    Yes, Seba is much better looking! I actually own a documentary on host clubs in Japan, because they fascinate me so! I think the next book you write, La Carmina, should be a book on the coolest places to go in Japan. I know I would buy it. Or a shopping guide, because I think you know the best places to buy goth and kawaii things.