Back in April I mentioned the advancements in Japanese blow up doll technology, and that rather amusingly such devices go by the name of dutch wives.
But such lifelike silicone beauty comes at a cost, as a top of the range dutch wife will set you back a staggering 600,000 yen (3,000 pound). Now seeing as for most people this is an awful lot of money to spend on a recreational ‘toy’, the entrepreneurial Doll no Mori company has stepped in and started offering such manufactured mates on a rental basis.
As well as numerous satisfied customers, Doll no Mori’s owner, Hajime Kimura, is also more than happy with his new ’employees’. He says that currently he has four dolls and the company gets “at least one job a day, even on weekdays, so we made back our initial investment in the first month. [And] unlike employing people, everything we make becomes a profit and we never have to worry about the girls not turning up for work.”
The current charge for a 70-minute session is 13,000 yen (65 pound), although Kimura-san says that the two-hour option is the most popular. But with such high rental costs he does admit that customers would be financially better off just buying a doll, especially as the company has a large number of repeat customers and a growing membership of over 200.
To give things a more personal touch, the four dolls available for service are called Alice, Ai, Mayu, and Tina. And as the picture below shows, they can be dressed up in a variety of, erm, alluring outfits.
Now if all this wasn’t disturbing enough, the most popular doll by far is the large-eyed and mangaesque Alice, who/which most closely resembles a young girl.
And then of course there’s the hygiene aspect…