For the most part, these large, outdoor posters in the NAHA CITY Soap-Land district "stock photos". On the other hand, other signs invites you to come inside and privately check out all the real photos of the girls, so you can pick the one you want.
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE HITTING THE BELOW CAPTION : www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/special-report-us-t...
OK. Now that you've read the above news story, and have gotten a dose of recent history, Japanese politics, and moral flag-waving, let's get into the SEXUAL ASPECTS of CONSENTING ADULTS, by diving into a detailed account of what will happen to a man once he passes through the door of a SOAP LAND :
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THE "OKINAWA SOBA DESCRIPTION" OF HOW SOAPLANDS GET AWAY WITH IT :
As everyone knows, PROSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL IN JAPAN. And Yet, these so-called SOAP LAND enterprises are 100% COMPLETELY LEGAL. They operate openly in well-lit neighborhoods, the streets are safe for women, children, and looky-loo tourists. You can take pictures of the whole area, and no one gets mad at you.
HUH ? HOW CAN THIS BE ?
Well, obviously, it's because NO PROSTITUTION IS TAKING PLACE in these establishments. Yes, you are paying for something, but it's NOT SEX.
Westerners will say, "....But wait ! Aren't men getting LAID in there? Aren't men having SEX in there? That's PROSTITUTION! How can these not be BROTHELS? How can this not be ILLEGAL?...."
Calm down, Grasshopper, and get a grip. Can Almighty God make a rock so large that He cannot lift it ? Can weak and fallible men make an anti-prostitution law so clear, that no one can get around it ? And most importantly, is it prostitution if you NOT PAYING FOR IT, and the GIRL YOU ARE WITH IS ACTUALLY YOUR LOVER ?
Read on, Grasshopper....
IT IS NOW TIME TO ENTER THE MIND OF JAPAN :
According to the Japanese Theory of Loop-Holes, a "SOAP LAND" is neither a Brothel nor a Whore House.
Of course, everyone knows it is a brothel. But, we are very careful with the law, and the "letter of the law". The Anti-Prostitution Law of 1956 states that "No person may either do prostitution or become the customer of it", and this includes the Japanese Politicians who made the Anti-Prostitution law simply for appearances sake, in order to appease Western moralists and complainers.
However, while enacting new laws against prostitution, these poor
Politicians and Law-makers had to come up with a way to legally skirt their own Laws. Why would they do that ? ANSWER: Because
Japanese Politicians and Bureaucrats were (and probably still are) the
biggest customers of the nation's whorehouses, and are not willing to
give up their God-given right to
pay for sex, er...TAKE A BATH....and then, FALL IN LOVE...in exactly that order !
Huh ? What ?
That's right. "SOAP LAND" to the Rescue ~ !
A SOAP LAND is ostensibly (and legally) a PUBLIC BATH HOUSE for MEN. The "Land of Soap" and healthy cleanliness. A place where a man can go pay for a good, clean bath (and pay ONLY for the bath).
HOWEVER, after the bath is paid for, and if the mood so strikes him, he just might discover ROMANTIC LOVE, allow himself to FALL IN LOVE, and end up having a LOVE AFFAIR --- with the completely butt-naked girl who just minutes before was sliding her pert little body all over him while scrubbing his back ! !!!
Wow...what are the chances of THAT happening !?
And because it's a "Love Affair", and no money changes hands for the "Love", there is no prostitution taking place. It's just two consenting adults expressing their mutual attraction and affection for each other on their own free time after the bath.
(1) PROSTITUTION DOES NOT EXIST IN A SOAP LAND DISTRICT, AND SUCH "POTENTIALLY-ILLEGAL" ACTIVITIES ARE NEVER ENGAGED IN THERE.
(2) THESE SO-CALLED WHORE-HOUSES AND BROTHELS ARE NOT WHORE-HOUSES AND BROTHELS. THEY ARE (Ahem) "SOAP LANDS"...where you pay for the BATH and ONLY THE BATH.
(3) IF YOU AND YOUR "BATH MATE" COINCIDENTALLY FALL IN LOVE, YOU ARE GUARANTEED TO HAVE SO MUCH FREE SEX THAT YOUR BRAINS MIGHT FALL OUT --- Just as long as you pay the hefty fee for the BATH ~ !
(4) READ ON BELOW, AND BE ENLIGHTENED....
EUPHEMISM, MISDIRECTION, and OTHER CONVENIENT EXCUSES
When you go into these places, you spend a good half-an-hour or more getting to know the girl as she slides her pert, firm, and naked body all over you, while giving you a good bath and a scrub down --- BUT NO SEX.
After about a half an hour of that --- all-the-while engaging in witty discourse, and discovering that you share an over-arching unity of the inner soul, and are kindred spirits eternally meant for each other --- your newly-blossoming love knows no bounds, and your hidden passions seem ready to explode.
However, the wonderful bath that you came for is now done. And with this invigorating scrub-down (and ONLY the scrub-down) having been fully paid for in advance, and your business is done, both you and your scrub-girl are now free to part ways and go home.
But, it's too late ! The two of you cannot be torn apart ! You have already fallen deeply in love with each other, and, in the throes of unbridled affection, you consummate your overpowering passions in a surreal session of hot-and-heavy love-making..... in the nice bed that just HAPPENS to be there.
Then, coming to your senses, you suddenly remember that you are married (or have a girlfriend, or...have an aversion to long-term commitments)..... and with great regret, find that --- in spite of sharing an over-arching unity of your inner souls, and are true kindred spirits eternally meant for each other ---- you must both sacrifice your mutually entwined destiny, and separate from each other.
Thus, for the sake of your family and social obligations, you part ways with heavy hearts, body and soul ripped asunder, ending your sincere but tragic love affair, and.... well, what your girlfriend doesn't know won't hurt her.
Amazingly, all of the above usually transpires in only about.... an hour or less ~ ! ....unless, of course, you are a big spender, and want to (ahem)....take a longer bath.
Ahhhhhh, the honor and nobility of it all !
It is the ABOVE SCENARIO that provides the lovely loop-hole in Japan's
Anti-Prostitution Laws that allows these places to thrive, along with
healthy "lovers" who are constantly checked by a good
medical system, and a Police Force that patrols and Protects the areas
to make sure no drunken assssholes are making trouble for the girls or
customers "patrons of the bath".
Yes, the blessed, legal "LOOP HOLE" : The agreed upon premiss that you are [ostensibly] PAYING FOR THE BATH --- NOT THE SEX ! Absolutely NO exchange of money takes place for sex...... Therefore, NO PROSTITUTION is taking place.
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS YOU SHARE TOGETHER are your own private business, and a LOVE AFFAIR with the women you fell head-over-heals for while taking a bath with her --- and at the same time, what a GREAT PRICE she gets for giving you a bath (but not a single Yen for the totally hot sex !)
She's a "Bathing Assistant", and a love-at-first-sight "Lover". But.....NEVER a "Prostitute", "Whore", or "Hooker".
In Japan, "a Rose by any other name" is NOT A ROSE.
Got it ????
Welcome to Japan, Grasshopper !
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NOTE : The above described activity is in NO WAY related to the "caged women" or "girls behind glass" Brothels in THAILAND, or the circus that is the PHILIPPINES, where many or most of the [rural] women are (1) selling themselves by choice due to being coerced by poverty, (2) trafficked and intimidated against their will, (3) in countries like CAMBODIA (and etc) being sold into the Brothel by the father or family, or trafficked into the Brothel by criminal deception.
TO THE CONTRARY, In Japan, it is basically a democratic choice, based on free will, by girls who are neither poor nor deceived, and who have a desire to making even more money than they already have (for a nicer car, a required Gucci Bag, and the latest smartphone with a jewel-encrusted case) by doing things with strangers that most other women don't want to do.
NOTE : ALTHOUGH SOAPLANDS AND THE EXPERIENCE THEY PROVIDE ARE COMPLETELY LEGAL, THE ABOVE CAPTION IS NOT MEANT AS A SOLICITATION ON THEIR BEHALF, NOR DOES IT CONSTITUTE A RECOMMENDATION TO BATHE AT A SOAPLAND, NOR DOES IT CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS OPENLY-LEGAL, GOVERNMENT REGISTERED, POLICE-PATROLLED AND PROTECTED CULTURAL TWIST ON THE AGE-OLD CUSTOM OF "PUBLIC BATH HOUSES" IN JAPAN.. THANK YOU.
HOW MANY WOMEN ARE ENGAGED IN "HARD PROSTITUTION" ON OKINAWA ?
The majority of prostitutes working in all red-light districts are between the ages of 18 and 35. (Of course, younger girls are occasionally caught at it, and Enjo-kōsai dating by school girls is well known in Japan : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enjo_k%C5%8Dsai )
About 110,000 women in the 18-to-35 age group live in Okinawa, yet hard-core prostitutes from among them number 2000 or less --- or, at the very most, only 1.8 % of the 18-35 age pool that most men are interested in. The number can easily be knocked up (no pun intended) to 2% or more.
If we include "free-lancers" doing it in places other than red-light and Soapland districts, you might toss in a few hundred more, and they are usually found only via word-of-mouth and private referral --- these include many "Mainland" Japanese gals who come down here to "service their own" from amongst the millions of tourists passing through.
Finally, many of the thousands of Bar Girl "Hostesses" --- who do not generally prostitute themselves, and who would never consider themselves prostitutes --- will eventually "fall" for a guy once he has spent more money on her than 20 or 30 visits to the Soaplands.
However, since the closing of two red-light districts during the past two years (ostensibly for moral reasons, but actually for land-grab and development reasons), the numbers of straight, hard-core prostitutes has probably dropped to about 1% of the prime age pool --- a figure that will probably recover as the ousted women get resettled in other districts.
The few toothless grandmothers found here and there in the Bar Districts who still like to go down on grandpa in the back rooms do not appreciably increase the above figures.
MEANWHILE, LIFE GOES ON IN THE MAINLAND ---- www.tokyoreporter.com/category/fuzoku/
BONUS NOTES :
For the most part, the posters in the NAHA CITY Soap-Land district use stock photos of "sexy soapland models" to entice you.
On the other hand, signs invites you to come inside and check out all the photos of the REAL girls working there, so you can pick the one you want.
These photos are nicely touched up, of course, but are still an actual portfolio of the real "staff".
Will you get the girl you pick? Maybe YES, and maybe NO. If she's not there, one of the other pictured gals will show up with a smile and a wink, and say, "What about me?"
The Japanese characters for LOVE AFFAIR --- 恋愛 (Len Ai) --- are the third and fourth red "letters" from the top, seen in the above vertical signs.
These characters can be alternately translated into English as LOVE AFFAIR, ROMANTIC LOVE, and FALLING IN LOVE.
NOTE : The general word for an EXTRA-MARITAL LOVE AFFAIR is 不倫 (FURIN), and includes regular girlfriends and mistresses outside of your spouse. On the other hand, one-off flings and one-night-stands --- including a tryst with a prostitute --- are referred to as 浮気 (UWAKI). The first type, FURIN, involves affections the heart, while the latter type, UWAKI, involves only your private parts, and nothing more (except for the occasional STD). Soaplands cater to the world of UWAKI.
RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/