The delightfully odd series, which is based on a Japanese manga by Masayuki Kusumi and Shigeru Tsuchiyama, ditches many of the clichés we've come to associate with "food TV." Instead of focusing on chefs, it's centered around a hungry guy with simple tastes, a retired businessman named Takashi Kasumi (Naoto Takenaka).The buttoned-down Kasumi is hesitant and constrained by social customs, but sometimes he acts on the daring impulses of his warrior pal. In a show like this, that counts as an important character detail.“I got tired of regular bars with old women.” They admitted that the uniforms are a big part of the attraction. “The uniforms make them look one and a half times cuter than they actually are.” This is Japan’s shady “JK” or “high school dating” business.(“Joshi kosei” means “high school girl” in Japanese, and the English initials JK are universally used here to describe the practice.) Although some cafes like this are relatively innocent – those that employ high school girls must close by 10 p.m., which means the men aren’t too late getting home to their wives – there is a large part of this world that is not.
These types of shows are somewhat akin to hidden camera shows.
There is also “tour guiding,” when girls go for a walk with men, a walk that often ends with some kind of sexual service, and the straightforward “compensated dating” – being paid for sex.
Kazue Muta, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Osaka University, said the element of taboo makes girls in school uniforms sexually attractive to men.
Airi, 18, is not a high school student but she wears her school uniform at a cafe in Tokyo because she says that it makes her more popular with customers. 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.
quality=75&strip=all&w=620" /TOKYO – High school dating? No big deal in many parts of the world – but in Japan, it means something quite different.