By Chelsea Haywood
An introspective trip into the glamorous world—and temptations—of eastern nightlife, via former version Chelsea Haywood.
The hard-drinking, drug-taking, all-night tradition that dominates Tokyo’s Roppongi district could be a surreal position. Overworked jap company males can pay handsomely for the companies of a hostess—someone to speak to, an individual to supply sizzling towels and beverages, and occasionally only a significant other with whom to sing karaoke with all evening. Intrigued by means of rumors of this unusual lifestyle and armed along with her 90-day paintings visa and new husband, Matt, Chelsea throws herself into the lion’s den. but what she discovers approximately herself and concerning the population of this nocturnal existence a ways exceeds her expectations.
Hostessing, she involves locate, has “very little to do with intercourse, rather a lot to do with psychology, and not anything to do with prostitution.” Her character and dialog abilities are her most sensible commodity, and Chelsea speedy unearths herself charmed through those billionaire males, a lot of whom are humorous, clever, even sort, and sometimes, very lonely. yet as she turns into an increasing number of connected to her consumers, Chelsea quickly unearths herself getting burned at her personal online game, because the never-ending offers, compliments, and harmful surroundings of alcohol and medication threaten to take either her marriage, and her sanity, to the sting.
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I have spelled it out forwards and backwards. Even that filigree art of grasping and comprehending in general, that finger for nuances, that psychology of ‘looking around the corner’ and whatever else characterizes me was learned only then, is the actual gift of that time in which everything in me became more subtle, observation itself together with all the organs of observation. To look from a morbid perspective towards healthier concepts and values, and again conversely to look down from the abundance and certainty of rich life into the secret labour of the instinct of décadence – that is what I have practised most, it has been my own particular field of experience, in this if in anything I am a master.
Ressentiment is the forbidden in itself lot the invalid –his evil: unfortunately also his most natural inclination. – This was grasped by that profound physiologist Buddha. His ‘religion’, which one would do better to call a system of hygiene so as not to mix it up with such pitiable things as Christianity, makes its effect dependent on victory over ressentiment: to free the soul of that – first step to recovery. ‘Not by enmity is enmity ended, by friendship is enmity ended’: this stands at the beginning of Buddha’s teaching – it is not morality that speaks thus, it is physiology that speaks thus.
You had not yet sought yourselves when you found me. Thus do all believers; therefore all belief is of so little account. Now I bid you lose me and find yourselves; and only when you have all denied me will I return to you… FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE On this perfect day, when everything has become ripe and not only the grapes are growing brown, a ray of sunlight has fallen on to my life: I looked behind me, I looked before me, never have I seen so many and such good things together. Not in vain have I buried my forty-fourth year today, I was entitled to bury it – what there was of life in it is rescued, is immortal.