Tokyo’s panty-peeking parlors poised for a comeback
The series of busts earlier this year of peeping clubs in Tokyo that showcased illicit performances by high-school girls caused a citywide slump in the practice. But, reports Spa!, interest in this form of adult-entertainment is on the upswing.
The clubs, located in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Edogawa, and Chiyoda wards, allowed male patrons to view joshi kosei (meaning high school girls and often abbreviated as simply JK) stripped down to their underwear through one-way mirrors — a violation of the Labor Standards Act.
Probably most widely reported was February 21 raid of club Gallery Shibuya by ten officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. General promotion for the establishment indicated that customers could sketch, or shasei, the nether areas of the female staff members for an outlay as low as 7,000 yen. That might seem puzzling until one realizes that an alternative writing of a word with the same pronunciation means ejaculation.
Spa! says that such clubs are now experiencing a resurgence, with new parlors entering the fray.
“The clubs that avoided being busted are mostly still in operation,” says a person affiliated with the fuzoku (or commercial sex) industry. “New clubs, too, are popping up. Of course, the services supplied are the same.”