Three months later his club was raided and all of the women working there were deported. The police had knocked on our door and, receiving no response, moved on. In other words, it was a dive. From then on, they become very close friends. I had enjoyed hostessing the first time around; it was good money and I had liked the artifice of it all, pretending to be a party girl. It took a while for her to tell me this was actually a strip club, but by that point, I didn’t care. Roppongi’s unseemliness was tolerated for a while but by the early years of the 21 st century, with an Olympic bid on the horizon, Governor Ishihara had initiated a “Clean Up Tokyo” campaign aimed to make Roppongi respectable again by replacing the clubs with department stores, five-star hotels, luxury residences, and shiny new luxury store/hotel/residence. How would we know which night was our turn? As I had done seven years earlier during my first stint living there, I found work at a hostess club. “The mizu shobai woman,” writes Anne Allison in her book on hostess clubs, “is constructed as a female who transgresses her nature.” In an interview given to TIME magazine in 2001, one hostess club owner talked about the time he went to the police to report an assault on a staff member: “I am a club owner, and she was a hostess,” he said. He was not, however, convicted of her actual murder. When he finds out she dies, he is devastated by it even though they hadn't met in years. 1 Tokyo Manji Gang 1.1 Manjiro Sano 1.2 Ken Ryuuguji 1.3 Chifuyu Matsuno 2 Romantic Interest 2.1 Hinata Tachibana 3 Enemies 4 Others 4.1 Naoto Tachibana Takemichi and Mikey never meet in the original timeline. It was a basic service job dressed up in evening gowns and low lighting. They could play up their non-native tongue and pretend they had heard a target ask for “seventh floor” rather than “Seventh Heaven.” By the time the sucker had paid cover for our divey little club with strippers that would never make the cut at Seventh Heaven, a handful of dated hip-hop CDs and a chrome pole so inexpertly assembled in the corner of the tiny room that it popped out of the ceiling one time when my friend did a pole trick, it was usually too late to argue about how we’d misled him. They only meet by chance when when during one of the trips to the past, Takemichi challenges Kiyomasa to a 1v1. I was there two years before her disappearance; later the club changed its name and I returned after four years. Serena, the Ethiopian dancer, was confident it wasn’t our turn to be raided. Tokyo Underworld is a fairly dense read, exhaustively researched (over 200 interviews) and packed with facts and information (Notes and Sources runs to 45 pages). One beautiful spring afternoon when the cherry trees were in full bloom, I was in my room phoning customers and asking them to take me on a dohan, when another girl in my guesthouse told me she worked at a club where no-one cared if you went on dohans or not. I leaned back into the overstuffed velvet couch, turning my head to look out the window. Parent-child relationships aren't always loving and conflict-free. This called for an elaborate scheme by which to get customers into the club. He steals cash and cigarettes from passersby, frightens old women and salaciously licks schoolgirls, resulting in a televised media frenzy … After going back in time, Takemichi comes to greatly love and appreciate Hinata, which is slightly different from when he was a true 14 year old. For the who in question, an underground band of outlaws known as “Kanjo Racers” or “Kanjozoku,” the loop is an opportunity to throw caution (and laws) to the wind. Serena might have been right that we were not about to be raided but, still, there was no way that we could leave the building without coming face-to-face with the police. Tired of the dohan expectations and general bullshit, I finally quit hostessing altogether; I wanted to make more money without having to maintain pseudo-relationships with customers, so I started stripping. In fact, sometimes they get so contentious that parent and child come to blows. In the anime version, her hair is dirty blonde and completely turns white once her ESP activated. She is the driving force to Takemichi's determination to change the future for the better. Hayabusa2 sent the capsule toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet.