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Posted by Ari-Gold TH STAFF Monday, October 23, 2023

Tokyo Bunny Girl Bars: A Glimpse into the Underground World of Extreme Entertainment

In an unexpected sequence of events, the Security Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has apprehended Toshihisa Matsumoto, the president of Realize, a bar-operating company suspected of contravening the Entertainment Business Act (conducting unlicensed business). Matsumoto's portfolio includes eight distinctive bars known as "girls' bars", predominantly scattered across the trendy districts of Shibuya and Ebisu in Tokyo. These bars are renowned for their distinct mix of interactive gaming entertainment and radical customer service, leaving the authorities perplexed.

Branded as the "Tokyo Girls Bar Ranking No. 1," Matsumoto's establishments boast a sizeable workforce, having employed nearly 200 women to engage customers in a lively environment. These female employees, dressed as bunny girls and showcasing a wardrobe that accentuates their attributes, engage in playful banter with patrons. This may appear harmless at first glance; however, it is the hidden activities that have raised the red flag.

At these establishments, one widespread, yet unusual feature is the "Girl's Request" menu. This allows patrons to order social interaction, such as participating in games or karaoke with the bunny girls. All this is coupled with the challenge of consuming an array of alcoholic offerings within a time frame. An extravagant mix of fun and pleasure boosted the company's sales to a
astonishing 4.8 billion yen in just 14 years. However, this impressive achievement hasn't escaped the authorities, who tried to rein in Realize but with little success.

The secretive world of Matsumoto's bars, hidden behind their flashy exteriors, has caught the attention of the authorities. Tokyo Metropolitan Police are now working hard to shut down these illicit businesses, exposing the underbelly of Tokyo's lively nightlife. As investigations persist, questions arise about the possible presence of similar quirky places tucked away in the city's entertainment scene. This situation is a reminder of how Tokyo's reputation for innovation can sometimes blur the line between creative entertainment and breaking the law.

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