That hair and make-up cannot come cheap.
This young man has an obvious talent for two things: making his hair bigger, and texting on his telephone. The festival is ending, and the street is full of garbage. Yet, our angel of the night is in another world.
CNNGo has a fun interview with Numata Manabu, a Tokyo photographer who has been creating commercial and artistic images of male hosts for five years. I love these group portraits. Numata-san wants the viewer to see the hosts as individuals, and believes that many are smart and hard-working.
Numata-san also describes a progression in male hosts’ visual style, from old-school enka, to Kimutaku look-alikes, other popular Johnny’s boys, gyaruo and visual-kei. I think the kimono look is extra-festive!