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Visiting Tokyo in 1961 – A Guide for American Jet-Setters

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It’s March 1961, and you’re an American with wads of cash just begging to be burned.  If you’re a part of the swingin’ jet-set, why not take a trip to Tokyo and live like a king?  Here’s a brochure of where to go and what to do…

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Check out the Nikkatsu Arcade for your jewelry beaded handbags, furs, pearls, and plastic surgery all in one convenient location!

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If you really want to live the dream, head over to the “ultramodern” Mermaid Bar for cocktails.

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“Steam bath, massage, shave, etc. 100 YOUNG AND LOVELY GIRLS TO SERVE YOU.”

 

This next article on the joys of having a Japanese maid is a must read:

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“Japanese maids are human beings, too.  Though often I wonder how mine, as another human being, can have so many dirty dishes to wash after having fixed only a small snack.  The reason is simple.  In Japan you do things daintily….. A house containing two boys, a man, his wife and assorted animals is not the easiest thing in the world to take care of properly at all times.  But if you have a Japanese maid, you can count on the following always to be sparkling clean…”

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“Gals, giggles and gin” – Club Bamboo clearly delivers on all of man’s wants and needs.

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Enjoy it while it lasts.  By the 1980s, just twenty years later, the Japanese economy would be booming, and you couldn’t afford so much as an egg roll.

  • njguy54

    Club Cave sounds a little sketchy. Which is probably the whole point…

  • Freakanatcha

    “A real cave of entertainment.” I don’t know who did the translation, but that is an outstanding line of ad copy.

  • Mudgutz

    Ajinomoto; AKA MSG.

  • Dave Handerson

    um, aren’t egg rolls Chinese?

    • Dave McDougall

      Roast beef isnt Japanese either. Who would have thought that non-Japanese food might be available in Japan to tourists…. 😛

  • Ripplin

    Travelling for those who want to go to exotic places, but too afraid to try anything different. :p