male hosts

Male hosts sharing yakisoba at Hanazono shrine festival

This is one of my favorite photos. I love these extravagantly tranny styled yet unquestionably straight male hosts. I wish I spent half as much time on my appearance, and got to hang out with matching co-workers. And I need to learn how to give the peace sign while holding chopsticks. I must get a big “men’s” wig this summer.

 

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Gira Gira, new TV drama

A new evening soap opera is starting this week, Gira Gira. Can’t wait! The lead is one of my favorite soap stars, Kuranosuke Sasaki (佐々木蔵之介), from Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend). The title, Gira Gira (ギラギラ), can be translated as blinding ambition or garish bling. The plot seems to involve a middle-aged family man who enters (or re-enters) the world of male hosts after becoming unemployed. There’s sure to be lots of big-haired young men, seedy politics, and tons of tears.

Men are the best accessories

Male hosts

CNN quotes a Japanese male host, “Women see us as one of their accessories. They like to wear nice things, so I try to look prettier for them all the time.” Male hosts combine hyper-vanity, rebelliousness, feminine charm, service to ladies, and huge hair.

CNN story: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/04/07/japan.geishas/index.html

Men’s Knuckle fan blog (with lots of image links): http://community.livejournal.com/mennaku

Men’s Knuckle publisher site: http://www.mennaku.net/pc/

Wikipedia entry on gyaru-o: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyaruo

Short YouTube video (50 sec): http://youtube.com/watch?v=m9WCCSZVpII&feature=related

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