Photographer Carlos Escolástico shares with us a special project… Host: The male version of a Geisha.
Host, an English word adapted to Japanese ‘hosto’ or ‘host’. Currently in Japan it refers to a young man that offers company to women in exchange for money… usually in a kind of club specially dedicated to this purpose.
When you hear this definition, automatically think of male prostitution… but the host is not a gigolo, with the main difference being that he does not offer sex but only company.
Unknown for the majority of westerners, the first Host Club opened in Tokyo in 1966 and its been estimated that up today there are over 3000 hosts and 200 clubs scattered over the city.
These ‘hosts’ serve as a source of inspiration in films and literature, ... where their lifestyle is recreated.