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The Future Of Cuddling Is Here

Did Martin Amis predict the future?

A little bit, yes.

Let me introduce you to this passage about cuddling, yes cuddling, from Money:

“‘You know, Slick,’ he said,–sometimes business looks to me like a big dumb dog howling to be played with. Want to know my hunch for the next growth area in the addiction line? Want to make a million? Shall I let you in?”

‘Do it,’ I said.

‘Cuddles,’ said Fielding Goodney. ‘Cuddling up. Two people lying down and generating warmth and safety. Now how do we market this. A how-to book? A video? Nightshirts? A cuddle studio, with cuddle hostesses? Think about it, Slick. There are millions and millions of dollars out there somewhere in cuddles.'”

Well that’s a weird idea.

But guess what? In 2012, the first “cuddle cafe” opened in Japan, and it’s as weird as you might think.

I remember reading about this a couple of years ago, so when I read that passage in Money, the idea seemed familiar. And it was.

According to Yahoo, the cuddle cafes do not involve sex. The shop will charge 9,000 Yen (almost $90) for the customer to cuddle with one girl in a bed-sized cubicle. Then there are the extras:

For about $13, the cuddler will put on a costume — there are school uniforms, and a Sailor Moon outfit. If a client wants a particular girl, that’s also extra.

The man can sleep with his head in the girl’s lap — apparently a very popular add-on — but at the steep price of $13 for every three minutes. Getting or giving massage is also extra, as is petting the head or holding hands.

One rather intense option is to start the cuddle session by staring into one another’s eyes for a full minute, and at a cost of $13.

Staring into each other’s eyes?

You can also get slapped in the face (WHAT?) for $13 per slap. I’m not making this up.

And while this article describes the first “cuddle cafe” in Japan, the Americans had the idea first. The manager in Japan go the idea from a New York-based business called The Snuggery.

Really, guys, I’m not making any of this up.

So, if you’re into creepy, weird fetishes, go get your snuggle on. But, if you do, just remember that Martin Amis had the idea 30 years ago.

More at Yahoo. 

(Image: The Design Inspiration)

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18 Comments Post a comment
    • Oh Portland.

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      February 6, 2014
      • They tried it in Madison, too, so maybe cuddling is a “progressive” alternative to prostitution.

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        February 6, 2014
  1. sevaan #

    Reblogged this on A General Information Stop and commented:
    Cute photo!

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    February 6, 2014
  2. I’m holding out for the ‘How to Cuddle for Dummies’ book…..

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    February 6, 2014
  3. But we have our teddy bears! He might be missing an eye but he cuddles like nobody’s business 🙂

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    February 6, 2014
  4. What a coincidence that the topic of cuddling should come up…! Yesterday I was in the chemo therapy unit of our local hospital (a relative of mine is receiving treatment and I was his chauffer). Anyway, in the half screened unit next to his there was young couple lying together arms around each other , the young man was obviously the subject of the chemo treatment. I was there about forty five minutes waiting for my relative to be discharged and diconnected from his I.V. and and when we were leaving I discretely asked him what that was all about. It seemed rather strange to have a room full of individuals of every age and background calmly receiving their treatment and then this one couple locked in a continuous iron embrace on a very narrow hospital bed. My relative explained, “The young felow is freaked, his wife has got to hold him in order to keep him calmed down.” it seemed to me then that there is a practical use for cuddling aside form the mundane side of the pleasure it affords.

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    February 6, 2014
    • I am a firm believer in the therapeutic power of touch. I saw a National Geographic documentary about dogs and an experiment was done where a dog and owner had their blood taken before and after a petting /cuddle session and oxytocin levels showed a marked increase in both the dog and human. Just a bit sad that some of us get so little affectionate touch that we need to pay for it.

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      February 6, 2014
  5. Love a good cuddle… with no strings attached!

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    February 6, 2014
  6. A bit judgemental to bring it all down to “creepy, weird fetishes” in the last line. Some people just want a cuddle.

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    February 6, 2014
    • Fair point. I love a good cuddle, but paying for it is where the “fetish” thing comes to mind.

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      February 7, 2014
  7. Speaking of the “Cuddling for Dummies” book, I have my own ideas for a couple of books I want to write: “Idiot’s Guide to Idiocy” and “Dumminess for Dummy’s” Book. I think I am the person to write them.

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    February 6, 2014
  8. It’s no wonder you have such a following. You have the art of writing a good title and first line down pat!

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    February 7, 2014
  9. I reckon it does not sound so far off since people are locked up in their appartments or offices looking into screens every day. Human touch, let us say, validation of ones existence is vital for all. 🙂

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    February 20, 2014

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