It is Saturday night and you want to have a date with someone special, but you're too tired to get off the sofa.
Japanese firm Future Leap claims it has just the thing for in-the-mood couch potatoes with a virtual reality system so realistic you'd swear that cyber date just whispered sweet nothings in your ear.
Last year, a high schooler hired her and 20 other women just long enough to snap one grinning, peace-sign-flashing, I-totally-have-friends Instagram photo.
When I learned that friendship is rentable in Tokyo, it merely seemed like more Japanese wackiness, in a subset I’d come to think of as interest-kitsch.
But as couples see each other more frequently, where to go, aside from restaurants become an important issue.
I don’t understand the lunch menu, or even if it is a lunch menu. At least not for another 90 minutes, which is how much of her friendship I’ve paid for.
You know, a normal, companionable, 27-year-old friend.
She has been paid to cry at funerals and swoon at weddings, lest there be shame over a paltry turnout.
The population of Tokyo is several millions of people, but still there are single Japanese men.
But they really want to change it, they want to love and to be beloved, that is why they turn to dating clubs where they can easily date beautiful women. Of course Japanese men love beautiful Russian women but it is not the key-point for them.