“It’s easy to talk to these girls,” said one man in his 30s who was sitting at a wooden school desk in AKB High School, a cafe in Akihabara, a part of Tokyo known for its subcultures.A 17-year-old girl in a school uniform brought the man and his colleague, both of whom declined to give their names, beers and chitchat.Click a province/state within Japan from the list below or scroll to the left to pick a chat room directly.Although Airi, 18, is not a high school student, she wears her school uniform at a cafe in Tokyo because, she says, it makes her more popular with customers than when she wears her regular clothes.Here, “high school dating” matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. Sometimes this involves a walk around the block or a drink in a bar.More often, it involves sex — child prostitution by another name.A significant number of people in the country prefer to spend their time and money on other things.
Michelle, a 23-year-old woman from Perth, worked at an international ladies bar nearby for three months."I'm on a holiday, I want to have fun, I don't want to start my career yet," she told the ABC."This is easy and it doesn't require my brain."Thanks to her striking looks — tall and curvy with blue eyes and long blond hair — she is no longer in the bar.
Boyfriend Maker is a dating sim/chatbot/romancebot smartphone app for i OS (i Phone) and Android phones, developed by 36 You Games (styled as 36You) and distributed under the freemium business model.
According to a Google Translate of a page on the developer's Japanese language website, Boyfriend Maker is an "app that lets you interact and chat with quirky virtual boyfriends." 36You often refers to Boyfriend Maker as a game.
(Ko Sasaki/For The Washington Post)High school dating?
No big deal in many parts of the world — but in Japan, it means something quite different.