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ROCKZA: The Rebirth of a Famous Japanese Strip Club Part 1

Asagei Fuuzoku - Original Japanese Date: November 11th, 2014
English Translation Published: May 20th, 2015

Open for business since the era after the war, ROCKZA still ekes out a living though times have not been kind to this famous Tokyo strip club.

Not long ago, ROCKZA, a famous strip club in Tokyo's Asakusa district declared bankruptcy. The area has seen its up and downs with strip club booms and busts for many a year. ROCKZA in particular has been a long-standing establishment first opening its doors in 1947. Veteran reporters of Japan's adult industry have called it the strip club palace of the nation.

During the golden age, this club could easily pull in several times its current debt in a year. The wave once upon a time for strip clubs in Japan was riding exceptionally high. Nobuhiro Motohashi, a novelist who also knows a lot about the circumstances of Japanese strip clubs chimes in:

In spite of their popularity, management wasn't able to do enough to continue drawing visitors to this stripping hot spot. At its worst, the company was 240 million yen in debt (approximately $2 million USD) and at the end of August, they let go of all their employees. The club is still open now, but it's not related anymore to its financially disgraced parent company.

A combination of the 2008 financial crisis and the rise of herbivorous men has led to a drastic decline in the number of people visiting strip clubs. Also, once upon a time back in the late 80's during the first AV bubble, famous adult video actresses took it upon themselves to make appearances on the stages of these clubs.

ROCKZA is a strip club at heart. It's power is its dancers and this is something AV stares have taken notice. Some have even joined their ranks for a time. One of the first Japanese AV stars who shocked the industry by making her strip club debut was Hitomi Yuuki whom also had TV exposure as well via her frequent appearances on Gilgamesh Night. Male fans in their thousands came out to Asakura to see this spectacle resulting in some mighty long lines wrapped around the entrance to ROCKZA.


To be concluded...


(Translator's note: Japan has an extraordinarily expansive adult industry that dwarfs its counterparts pretty much everywhere else. Hostess clubs, snack bars, brothels for any fetish, and more dot the streets of the more shady parts of pretty much every city in the country. Even in the country, it's rare not to find at the very least a snack bar run by a garrulous Mama-san and staffed by cute schoolgirls looking for something to quell their ennui from living in the boondocks. However, strip clubs nowadays are not very common. There are a few in larger cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, but they definitely have a more western feel to them and thus attract a unique yet small mix of usually older Japanese men looking for their white women fix and foreigners with open wallets wanting to see a little piece of home (assuming they're into Eastern European women).)

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