Friday, 2 September 2016

History Of The Japanese Sex Industry (Part 2)

Continued from previous post

It is worth saying at the outset that sex was assumed to be a major part of the relationship with the concubine and the mistress, but not the only thing. As in Europe until very modern times, marriages were political and for procreation. They were not necessarily endowed with mutual lust, love and desire. It should be said, by the way, that sexual license did not extend to the wives of the samurai who were expected to be extremely monogamous. The costs of not being so were immediate and as violent as you would expect.

But, in this context the women of the Willow World were expected to be entertaining and charming as well as sexually pleasing and active. There was a strict hierarchy and price scale depending on elements such as beauty, elegance, musical talent, wit and sexual prowess. The movement from one level to the next was controlled by a guild.

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A samurai sharpening his weapon
As you will have gathered, in Japanese culture there was not (and is not to this day) any of the Judeo-Christian bullshit morality about sex. Sex was seen as a pleasure that was also necessary for mental and physical health. Both the yin and the yang needed regularly exercising and exorcising if someone´s health was not going to seriously suffer.

Pillow books of sexual technique were widely available, any and every sexual practise was permitted, with either sex, and sex toys were commonly used among every type of person.

When the Tokugawa shogunate began in 1603, and organisation, control and structure of society became an even greater obsession (mainly so things could be taxed!) then the Willow World became more hierarchical as well. All of the brothels and tea houses moved into special entertainment areas (which is echoed today in places such as Ginza) and a new division was established between prostitutes and geisha. Prostitutes sold sex and might also sing, play music and tell jokes. Geisha entertained, sang, played music and might sell sex. But only to very special clients and only for prolonged periods of contract.

That might not sound like much of a distinction, but it was seen as crucial. And, by the way, it has to be said that the very few remaining modern geisha are not in any way prostitutes. Their culture has moved away from that since the second world war, which is when this whole system effectively fell apart. It had survived an industrial revolution, the move away from a feudal society and movement into big cities from the country. But it would not stand the arrival of the United States Army.

Friday, 26 August 2016

History Of The Japanese Sex Industry (Part 1)

A couple of days ago a took a random ramble through the history of the sex industry in China. I skirted around most of what happens in the modern market because I would like to chat about those in more detail another time. But first I want to talk about the history of sex and the sex industry in Japan.

And in Japan I do mean industry. Nowhere in the world has ever had such an amazingly structured and culturally accepted sex industry as Japan. The historical version of it makes the legalised brothels in Germany and the Netherlands look like hate ridden anarchy!


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Just another night at the Tea House
Going back to the fifteenth century, before the Tokogawa shogunate, the sex industry in Japan was, like the rest of Japanese society, already highly structured and subdivided according to class. It was extremely hierarchical, though unlike the feudal class system it was possible for girls with beauty, talent and skills to move from one level to the next.

Obviously there were working girls in the bars and taverns for the labourers, farmers and fishermen. But these were really semi professionals who essentially were fucking for food. Much like many cafe society girls in the west these days – though the currency is handbags not sushi!

But the main sex industry was for the samurai rank and above. Unlike in Europe, where the “knight” class was extremely small, there were up to a million samurai of various ranks at any time in feudal Japan. Which, lets be honest, is a decent market even now!

It was accepted and acceptable for a married man to visit pleasure houses whenever the fancy took him, either to listen to the music that the girls played, drink with his friends or partake of the females available in the “Willow World” as the prostitution industry was referred to. It was also expected that he would at some point take on a formally acknowledged concubine, whose exclusive services would be bought from the Mama-san of the house for a prolonged period of time. It was also assumed that he would also have a professional mistress, again normally on contract but not always. Makes the French look like amateurs!

Interestingly, the negotiation to buy the services of these women from their houses was done by the samurai´s wife, as samurai themselves had no involvement with money or negotiation. The concubine and the wife would collaborate to ensure that the husband remained happy and in the best of health!

To be continued...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Chinese Sex Trade Through History

Wherever you go in the world there is a sex industry. The nature of it varies, the style of it adapts to local tastes, the way it operates might be very different according to local norms and history. But is is always there. And according to historians and to the writers of the past it has always been there. It therefore seems fair to assume that there will always be a market for people to buy (well, usually rent) the sexual services of other human beings.

So I thought it would be worth doing a couple of articles looking at the history of the business in various parts of the world. The best place to begin is probably the home of the longest surviving uninterrupted culture, China. Well, uninterrupted if one ignores the barbaric and evil years of Mao´s reign especially the various Cultural Revolutions.

In China during three thousand years of Imperial times, no matter what dynasty was in power or where they had originated from (most of the Chinese Emperors throughout history were not, in fact, Chinese, they came in conquered, and just took their head at the top of the bureaucracy) the sex trade was seen as a perfectly acceptable way for a family to support themselves, though the manner was, I suppose was we would now call human trafficking.

Chinese Pillow books pulled no punches
Poor parents would literally sell their prettiest daughters to the owners of brothels as children, and they would then be brought up in the environment and become active prostitutes. We would now be horrified at the ages at which this happened to the young girls and cry paedophilia. But before we do so we should recall that most people only lived to be forty and that at the same time in Tudor England girls married at thirteen and became full adults able to inherit property at the age of fourteen.

Every village had its House. Every town had several, and frequenting them was not seen as in anyway negative or seedy. It was just a fact of life and often the Houses were actually the centre of cultural life as well, as this was where the musicians worked and practised between the yearly festivals. This persisted through to the mid twentieth century when, for good or ill, Chiang Kai Shek lost to the Communists and the country became rules by Mao.

And in art, sexual technique was taught, celebrated and probably masturbated to in the form of the many and beautiful "pillow books" that are a staple of the modern auction house scene.

Through the years of the Chairman's reign prostitution was seen as illegal and immoral. Except, of course, for the twelve and thirteen year old virgins supplied most night for the Chairman himself to sustain his vigour. Vicious murdering old hypocrite that he was.

Modern China, especially the big centres of commerce such as Shanghai are subject to a pretty much anything goes culture. Brothels are everywhere, every nightclub is filled with girls willing to rent their favours to prosperous gentlemen and marrying a former escort is in no way seen as a negative, as long as she is retired, cultured and beautiful.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Sexy Style In Marbella & Ibiza

Ibiza and Marbella are fun places to hang out. No doubt about it. It is easy to understand why people travel from so many different locales around the globe to spend time in these two very different towns. And, of course, they attract very different visitors and residents. And those different visitors require rather different people and services to support them.

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Sexy. But not an escort.
Marbella is entirely about the visible. It is designer brands, flashing the cash and being ostentatious. Everybody does their best to bring the bling. On the streets and roads there are Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Rolls Royces all over the place. Top end customised Mercedes and BMW are everywhere. There are even a smattering of Bugatti Veyrons to be seen (and heard) every summer.

Women hit the beach in full make up and perfectly coiffed wearing 6 inch flatforms. Nothing but a full set of jewellery and accessories will do. And designer handbags are absolutely required. And when the night comes, then the bling and glamour level goes up several notches from there.

And where the glamour level is that high all the time, the people who work to service those visitors and residents has to be suitable and fitting. The hotel and bar staff are always beautifully turned out with great hair and terrific tans. The d├ęcor everywhere is stylish, chic and expensive.

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Not an escort. Hot though.
And every single Marbella escort that services the male visitors to Marbella and the Costa del Sol needs to be up to the mark in terms of glamour and bling. So among the Brazilian, Spanish and English girls working in Marbella and Puerto Banus the sexy style is a joy to behold; tight bandage dresses, high heels are practically a uniform. The sexiest escorts Marbella can offer are staggeringly glamorous at all times.

Ibiza is a very different. Hippy chic. Boho style. Sexy, relaxed and fit looking women everywhere. Ibiza is not somewhere that you flash the cash. Driving a Lambo down the street does not draw admiring glances. It just makes you look like a prick.

Ibiza is about partying and chilling. But leave the bling at home. There are no designer shops on Ibiza, no Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Tom Ford. No high end car dealers to be seen anywhere. The five star hotels such as the Gran Hotel or Destino do not collect and chauffeur their clients around in limousines (stretch or otherwise). They use Mercedes Benz people movers and Range Rovers. Top end vehicles with blacked out rear windows. But discreet and understated.

Likewise, high class Ibiza escorts are understated and discreet. No bling! Six inch stripper heels are purely for inside the bedroom, as wearing them outside in the clubs and hotels just mark you out as a working girl. To be the best escort Ibiza has ever seen means fitting in and being a stunning, desirable and sexy “girlfriend” without looking like the kind of girl who is rented by the hour.