Tokyo Fake Romance
In Japan, some women are turning away from relationships and renting boyfriends instead. "We are not a prostitute, but we sell fantasies with boundaries” - Jin, a rental boyfriend.
In Japan, some women are turning away from relationships and renting boyfriends instead. A 20 years old guy named Jin, he is one of those “boyfriends” to rent and has a character of strong on the outside and sometimes sweet.
Well, at least for a couple hours which is how much of this romance the client should paid for. He’s been a “cast” - that’s how the company he works in called their boys, for 3 years apart from doing a part time job in a restaurant. His parents are divorced times ago and life forced him to struggle alone in this compact concrete forest, Tokyo. He has a dream to study abroad one day, this is how we begin our conversations. I asked him why does he do? He stared at me closely, “Because I’m helping those lonely ladies. They are alone with their problems, I’m giving what they longing to have without any emotional attachment which they discouraged”
We finished our lunch and walk out into the afternoon, our “romantic relationship" nearly done.
I asked him if the clients ever asked to go to the hotels as we passed by the street in Shibuya full of a tacky interiors love hotels.
“You know that physical intimacy is not allowed in this business” He added with laugh and he added “Because we are not a prostitute, and we sell fantasies with boundaries”.
At the end of this "short romance" we part ways, we’ll agree to stay in touch, though probably I won’t, but we’ll mean it in that moment.
When you’re young, relationship is pure but as you get older, you see it can be complicated. Clients seek a company of these rental boyfriend to feel loved and emotional security even for couple hours without being attached for a long run.