Money may not be able to buy love, but here in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business involves becoming other people, Yuichi would know. The handsome and charming year-old is on call to be your best friend, your husband, your father, or even a mourner at your funeral. His 8-year-old company, Family Romanceprovides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.
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Ishii Yuichi: Yes, at this i Dallas Texas TX looking for a date I am only myself. Yuichi: I had a single-mother friend, and she had a son. He was trying to enter a private school, but they denied him solely because he had no father. I wanted to challenge the unfairness of Japanese society, so I posed as his father. Yuichi: Not in that situation.
But, it inspired the idea for this business. Yuichi: I played a father for a year-old with a single mother. I am the only real father that she knows. She just graduated high school. Morin: How do you think she would feel if she discovered the truth? Yuichi: I think she would be shocked.
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If the client never reveals the truth, I must continue the role indefinitely. If the daughter gets married, I have to act as a father in that wedding, and then I have to be the grandfather.
Dating an irish Champaign man So, you could be involved with her for the rest of your life? In this company, one person can only have five families at a time. The client always asks for the ideal husband, the ideal father. Morin: How do you determine what the ideal husband or father is?
Do you like classy or casual? Is he affectionate or stern? When he arrives, student dating Columbia he be talkative or tired from a long day at work? Morin: What did the mother you mentioned earlier request on her form? Yuichi: She wanted the father to be kind, very kind. He would never yell.
She wanted the kind of father that would be able to deliver wise advice. I have no kids. So, I watched a lot of movies about fathers, and I cultivated my persona through the movies. Morin: Can you describe the sessions with your fake daughter?
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Yuichi: Sometimes we dine together. We go shopping in Harajuku once a month. The mother pays about 20, yen per four hours, plus expenses.
There was a lot of physical violence. They divorced, and that was the end of it.
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Morin: How do you handle it when the daughter gets angry or sad? Yuichi: I never yell, no matter what. That was in the order-form description. The girl was bullied also, if you remember, so her chat sex free Portland Oregon OR can be very unsettling. There was also a rebellious time, in her teens. She was having difficulties with her mother.
Yuichi: She does. She talks about her relationship with her mother, she shares sensitive feelings, she opens up to me. Morin: Does any aspect of your real self seep in? Morin: Michigan blossom dating service you feel like you have a responsibility to the daughter, because of your connection to her now? The heaviness is different, but everywhere I go, I feel it—the responsibility.
When I am acting with her, I don't really feel that I love her, but when the session is over and I have to go, I do feel a little sad. The kids cry sometimes. The person that used to be me—is he me now? Morin: When do you mature Pensacola FL dating the most like yourself? No one knows. Morin: I have a project collecting dreamsand often work is a common theme. Do you dream Valley AL east dating your work? Yuichi: I dream about my client—when she cries because I have to leave.
Morin: How is the dream different from reality? Yuichi: Sometimes, in the dream, I tell her the truth.
I am terrified of the answer, so I just wake up. Morin: Are you ever someone else in your dreams? Occasionally, I dream about that. Yuichi: Usually, I accompany a salaryman who made a mistake.
I take the identity of the salaryman myself, then I apologize profusely for his mistake. Have you seen the way we say sorry?
You go have to down on your hands and knees on the floor. Your hands have to tremble. Yuichi: I feel extremely uncomfortable. Morin: Are you ever hired to apologize in other situations?
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Yuichi: Yes, sometimes in relationships. When that happens, the husband often demands a confrontation with the other man. Naturally, this can be difficult to arrange, because the man usually runs away. In that case, they Visalia dating ladies me instead.
We use psychology to determine the optimal outcome. In this case, the standard tactic is to make me look like a yakuza [gangster]. Little flirt Vancouver, I arrive with the wife, and the husband is there, and suddenly I will just bow then deeply apologize.
Morin: I understand you work as a boyfriend too. Can you describe that experience? Yuichi: Those clients are usually Pembroke Pines alternative dating ladies. It used to be primarily women in their 50s, but now there are even more women in their 30s.
Generally, the women just want to have fun with a younger man.
They want to feel young again. Morin: Why do you think these women hire you?
It takes years to create a strong connection. Imagine investing five years with someone and then they break Tyler islands dating with you. Everything is perfect. Real dating feels like work. It feels like work to care for a real person. Morin: Do you plan on having a family someday?
Sometimes, a client asks me to be there in the room when she gives birth.