|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
New clutch of Tokyo panty flashing bars offer the best view in the house 2008,04,22
Friday 4/25 By Ryann Connell
Enter just about any Japanese business establishment and you'll almost invariably be greeted by an employee with a call of "irrashaimase," or welcome.
But "chirasshaimase," a combination of the welcome and "chirarism", the Japanese term used to describe a flash of bra or panties, has become the traditional greeting for new kinds of exhibitionist, saucy services now operating in Tokyo, according to Friday (4/25).
During the heady days of Japan's economic bubble in the 1980s, the country saw an explosion in the number of bottomless cafes and restaurants, where waitresses worked without any panties and offered customers a fleeting glimpse of their nether regions courtesy of strategically placed cameras, mirrors or fans.
And though a combination of modern. more conservative attitudes and Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara's crackdown on adult entertainment districts mean the raw flesh servings are limited to sushi, the practice of chirarism remains as popular -- and in some cases, as profitable -- as ever.
Fetish Kissa Chirarism P is a chirarism cafe in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district.
At first glance, it looks like any ordinary cafe, with a 15-seat counter, a few round tables and LCD monitors placed on each table.
It starts getting different with cups of coffee that cost 1,200 yen, about three times the price of the equivalent latte in a regular coffee shop.
And things really change when it comes to the way the waitress presents the coffee as hidden cameras film up her skirt and beam the images to LCD monitors in front of the client.
"If you chat with us, we'll even lean our arms down on the counter and talk to you," waitress Nao tells Friday, implying the table staff will also offer a glimpse of cleavage through their uniforms.
In the newly opened Pan Kissh in Shinjuku's Kabukicho, slipping a pre-paid gambling chip into the high heels of a waitress entitles the customer to watch as the waitress removes her bra, puts on a business shirt and then carries their drink to him between her breasts.
Another payment allows customers to use a fishing rod and line to raise the already skimpy skirts on waiting staff, once again gaining a glimpse of garters and other goodies.
Also in Kabukicho is Panchira Cafe and Bar Maidol, a dimly lit drinking spot with mirrors built in to its counter bar.
Entry to the bar is 3,000 yen, and customers buy poker chips at an additional 500 yen apiece.
Ordering a drink, the waitress will fling one leg up onto the bar with the mirror giving a flashing glimpse of her undies.
Attached to her leg is a money box.
Insert a chip and you get the drink handed to you.
For 2,000 yen's worth of chips, waitresses will sit up on the mirrored counter bar with their legs spread for 30 seconds.
"We don't allow any touching at all," Panchira Cafe's Ichigo tells Friday.
"Even so, everyone who comes here enjoys the sexy atmosphere." (By Ryann Connell)
(Mainichi Japan) April 22, 2008