Nikkan Gendai recently wrote about what they call “love hotel refugees,” a subset of jobless, homeless women who sleep in love hotel rooms.This trend comes after Internet and manga cafe refugees made headlines around the world over the last few years. I met an Internet cafe refugee once. Apparently there are even “Makku” refugees—people who sleep in McDonalds.
Love hotel refugees are women and girls who hang out near love hotels looking for guys to bunk up with for the night, securing a good night’s rest on the bed they paid for. (The idea is that the guys will leave after sex, and let the women use the room until checkout.)
Speaking of love hotels, a book called Love Hotels: An Inside Look at Japan’s Sexual Playgrounds came out last year and gives a very comprehensive explanation of the whole phenomenon. For some beautiful photos of love hotels, check out Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan by Natsuo Kirino.
via Tokyo Reporter