Sunday, March 18, 2007

'Nude' hostesses on hand to frolic under the sakura

Originally uploaded by purejapan.
It's that time of year again, when kindred souls gather under cherry trees to gaze upon the blossoms in contemplation of the delicate beauty and transience of life

Of course, the flower-viewing ritual, called "hanami," wouldn't be complete without vast amounts of booze and a high-octane party atmosphere.

This year, says Shukan Post, male revelers can look forward to another enhancement to the hanami experience -- "nude companions," who are invariably young, female and "nude."

The women, who are basically hostesses for hire, aren't actually nude but wear thin skin-colored body suits. Strategic markings on the suits can make the wearer, from a distance, at least, appear naked.

"Topless" versions of the suits entered the national consciousness after a group of dancers wore them last New Year's Eve during "Kohaku Uta Gassen," the annual singing contest program on NHK. They provoked a flood of angry calls to the national broadcaster, which apologized.

Okay, my comment is why don't plant me some cherry trees damn me.

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