Hosts at the Shangrila club in Tokyo – which caters exclusively for women – sit with the club’s boss Ryohey Onizuka, second from right. Photo: Rob Gilhooly

Inside Japan’s host clubs: male geishas or just pretty men?

The tables are turned at the Shangrila in Tokyo’s red-light district, where men do their best to please big-spending female customers – even when it involves bizarre requests

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Hosts at the Shangrila club in Tokyo – which caters exclusively for women – sit with the club’s boss Ryohey Onizuka, second from right. Photo: Rob Gilhooly
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Gavin Blair

Gavin Blair

Gavin Blair has covered politics, economics, business, entertainment and culture in Japan for publications in Asia, Europe and America for 15 years.