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Love Hotels: An Inside Look at Japan's Sexual Playgrounds Paperback – December 3, 2008
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Example of editing failure: "While staff at a traditional hotel may have 30 minutes or more to clean a room, love hotel rooms usually get cleaned in just 10-15 minutes between rests. That means the furniture can't have too many irregular services..." As funny as that thought is, I'm pretty sure that's meant to be "surfaces."
Example of writing failure: In chapter three there is a paragraph which begins, "Love hotel designers from the early 70s through the early 90s favored red and pink for their designs, but in the new millennium, anything goes." While there's nothing wrong with that, we encounter the same sentiment reworded two paragraphs later. "In recent years, the red and pink color-schemes of hotels in the 1970s and 1980s have been thrown out the window and pretty much anything goes."
This certainly isn't a problem on every page, but it is frequent enough to annoy me.
What may be the worst, however, is that the pretty color photos that grace the pages of Amazon's "Look Inside!" preview function are reduced to grainy black and white.
First of all, the hotel descriptions are great, and you really feel like you're there in a Yakuza snowman hotel, a pirate room, or an S&M dungeon. The author went out and talked to a lot of love hotel workers and used a lot of Japanese sources for the book, so it feels really authentic. There's information about love hotel crimes, design, the business side, and an etiquette guide too. He even included little diary entries from guests about their sexual escapades throughout.
The last chapter has around 20 pages of reviews of love hotels in Japan's major cities, so if you've ever wanted to visit one, it will help you navigate to a good one and help you figure out the check-in and payment procedures.
If you enjoyed books like Nicholas Bornoff's Pink Samurai or Tokyo Confidential, you'll probably like Love Hotels too. It has the same kind of information about the weird side of Japanese culture that is so popular today.