Not Quite Geisha

Promoting Hostess Clubs - Kyoto, Japan

Promoting Hostess Clubs – Kyoto, Japan

Just a few moments after I shot yesterday’s photo, on the way to the train station, I noticed this scene. Three women, in formation, strategically positioned to attract men, before they get on the train. My guess is that they were promoting a hostess club, but I didn’t stop to find out. Just some quick street photography at night, under a light rain.

From what I read, men go to hostess clubs to drink and talk to attractive women. In a way, these women are like modern-day geisha, who entertain and talk to their customers. In the modern version, they may sing karaoke, instead of playing a traditional Japanese musical instrument. While geisha train for years, I’m guessing the qualification to be a hostess is a lot more modest. Apparently, there are host clubs too, where can women go to talk to men.

The Olympus PEN-F and Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 together work well on the street. Even at night. I shot this at 1/80 of a second and, even though I was walking, managed to get a decent shot.


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