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5:24 pm - 10/01/2012

Japan’s first 'cuddle cafe' lets you sleep with a stranger for Y6,000 an hour


Sometimes, after a long, stressful day, there’s nothing more comforting than crawling into bed with your significant other and falling asleep in their arms.

But what if you don’t have anyone to cuddle with in the first place? If you’re in Japan, you might think to go to a soapland or some other kind of brothel, but then you’d have to deal with all that sex when you really just want to close your eyes and rest in the warmth of another’s body.

But wait! Before you resign yourself to another lonely night of shedding tears on your Rei Ayanami dakimakura, why not stop by Soineya, Japan’s first “co-sleeping specialty shop,” where customers can pay to sleep in the arms of a beautiful girl—with no strings attached.

Soineya (literally, “sleep together shop”) opened its doors on Sept 25 in none other than Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district, hub of otaku culture and birthplace of other eccentric establishments like maid cafés. Soineya defines itself as a “co-sleeping specialty shop,” which we’re going to denominate “cuddle cafe” because it has a better ring to it.

According to the homepage, Soineya hopes to offer patrons “the simple and ultimate comfort of sleeping together with someone.”

Of course, ultimate comfort comes at a price. Let’s take a look at the Soineya “service menu”:

Admission fee: 3,000 yen

Standard Course

20 min – 3,000 yen
40 min – 5,000 yen (only 3,000 yen for first time visitors)
60 min – 6,000 yen
2 hrs – 11,000 yen
3 hrs – 16,000 yen
4 hrs – 20,000 yen
5 hrs – 25,000 yen
6 hrs – 30,000 yen
10 hrs – 50,000 yen

“Shimei-ryo“ (fee to pick the girl you want to sleep with) – 1,000 yen + 500 yen per hour

Optional Course

Customer sleeps in girl’s arm (3 min) – 1,000 yen
Girl pats customer on the back (3 min) – 1,000 yen
Customer pets girl on the head (3 min) – 1,000 yen  
Customer and girl stare at each other (1 min) – 1,000 yen
Girl changes clothes (1 time) – 1,000 yen
Girl gives customer foot massage (3 min) – 1,000 yen  
Customer gives girl foot massage (3 min) – 2,000 yen
Customer sleeps with head on girl’s lap (3 min) – 1,000 yen
Girl sleeps with head on customer’s lap (3 min) – 2,000 yen

So basically, you’re paying about 6,000 yen an hour to lie in bed with a complete stranger. The website doesn’t specify what customers are and are not permitted to do during the standard course, but it’s probably safe to assume your options are limited to “close your eyes and be quiet.”

Furthermore, Soineya is currently recruiting girls for part-time in-store and “delivery” work. Here’s the job description.

  ■ Job: Sleeping
  ■ Location: Akihabara (3 min walk from station)
  ■ Qualifications: High school age to 30s
  ■ Compensation: 3,500 yen/hour
  ■ Hours: Weekdays 15:00-22:00, Weekend/holidays 12:00-22:00

Source: Soineya via Jinsoku  and japantoday

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tha_x 2nd-Oct-2012 12:54 am (UTC)
I can't cuddle for shit. having a dead arm and sweating like a pig a isn't that cute.
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ichigobanana 2nd-Oct-2012 12:55 am (UTC)
How do they control that really nothing happens? Do I really wanna know if someone watches them sleep? orz
wapiko 2nd-Oct-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
This is my concern. (o_o)
volatilewind 2nd-Oct-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
High school age

bluebeard 2nd-Oct-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
bluebeard 2nd-Oct-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
murderistx 2nd-Oct-2012 01:10 am (UTC)
There are so many things that could go wrong if they meet that one guy who turns out to obsessed or psychotic.
wasabisushi404 2nd-Oct-2012 01:11 am (UTC)
disapproving face.
bluebeard lbr, would you go to this cafe? 2nd-Oct-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
I'm about as cuddly as a cactus (:D) so hell no. Not to mention, I don't like strangers, no matter how cute they are. #nhft
jagithebassist Re: lbr, would you go to this cafe? 2nd-Oct-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
For some reason, I don't think many cute guys need to shell out cash for cuddles, they're usually hounded by well-meaning but privacy-invading ladies. I would be an alright cuddler, until they notice the fact that I don't shave my legs *shame*

Anyways, I can't imagine cuddling with random people. I can barely deal with hugs from classmates. Even if they got the hottest guys around, I still wouldn't go to that cafe.
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yuliyudo 2nd-Oct-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Shima Shima!

I remember wanting to watch it some time ago. And now I noticed it already has subs. DL-ing! xD
fauxparadiso 2nd-Oct-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
All I can think of is that fucked up Sleeping Beauty movie and the one guy who burns the girl with a cigarette while she's asleep.
oh_hey_there 3rd-Oct-2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
I so know which one you're talking about. Watching that one guy yell at her passed out form like he was furious was disturbing as hell.

I watched it and ate popcorn at the same time.
glider 2nd-Oct-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm a bit concerned with what "delivery" work means

that said, things like this make me sad because it's proof there are a lot of lonely people in the world
yokomyyama If these were guys...2nd-Oct-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Where the dudes at?! X-D I'd dish out 6,000 yen to sleep next to a guy that looks like Nagase.
lenra 2nd-Oct-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
lol mte
kotomichi 2nd-Oct-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
where's the "cuddle with a cute guy" option tho

lol in all seriousness, wtf. as much as i want to cuddle with someone sometimes, this is just too much, lmao.

also... idgi?? Customer sleeps in girl’s arm (3 min) – 1,000 yen what happens during the standard course if this is an additional thing? do you just lie next to the girl? what the fuck is the point of that, cuddle or gtfo tbh

Customer and girl stare at each other (1 min) – 1,000 yen lmaooooooo
Girl changes clothes (1 time) – 1,000 yen this is just creepy tho... assuming the customer can watch (what's the point of this option, otherwise)
kotomichi 2nd-Oct-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
and i just noticed the "delivery" part of the article... if it means what i think it means... no ty :|

if there weren't so many creeps in the world, and if it was JUST sleeping, no cuddling, massages, undressing or touching basically (just nhft ok), i'd consider working there. i mean, sleeping for money? my dream tbh
apharel 2nd-Oct-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
dramaticsurgeon 2nd-Oct-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
I find it funny how customers at this cafe pay for the privilege to cuddle with someone, whereas in the area I live people would sooner pay you to leave them the hell alone.

This isn't exactly "innocent entertainment", or at least it could easily be misinterpreted by the less stable members of society. Still, I didn't really have an issue with the idea until I saw this:

"High school age"

icehism 2nd-Oct-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Omg, that's like 58 USD per hour. OMG

And OMG, the job sounds so nice.
I would do this.
deerlike 2nd-Oct-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
ikr? It's pretty creepy all the same, but I'd do it for that kind of money.
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