Via my good friend Mr. Funk:
For some time now, a few companies in the sex trade have been offering rubber doll rentals. A service that, for want of a better description, has been going down very well indeed â€“ despite the relatively high price and potential hygiene problems.
However perhaps not surprisingly, this demand for dolls has resulted in the opening of a downtown establishment for silicone sex seekers. The difference being that rather than having the dolls shipped out to customers, LaLa rents out private rooms that are furnished with a bath, toilet, and most importantly, a latex lover.
The shop currently has a staff of 17 â€˜ladiesâ€™, with a going rate of 12,000 yen (60 pound) for 90 minutes. A price that obviously doesnâ€™t deter many potential customers, as the storeâ€™s manager claims that, â€œOn a really good day we get as many as 30 customers.â€ In regards to the kind of patrons LaLa attracts, he says that they â€œage from teens to men in their 60â€™s. For the most part they appear to be quiet, timid types, who probably feel more at ease with a doll than a young woman. Some bring along shopping bags with a couple of extra costumes. I suppose they enjoy dressing up the dolls and taking snapshots.â€