Reading my usual Asahi news at work when this article popped up, entitled:
“Men’s overnight discount sweets and goodies fair, surprisingly, gathers a big crowd.”
Now, I really hate to stereotype, but let’s be honest here: A bunch of grown men getting together to eat cake and exchange their woes would definitely not go well in the states. In fact, we would probably imagine them gathering to eat cake, talk, gab, giggle and hopefully try to date ONE ANOTHER. This would be a huge hit with the gay community in America, but in Japan, it’s how men who can’t hold their liquor unload their woes.
You think this gathering would be full of poor, single, young-uns looking for a way to make friends: But no, many use this as a way to eat cake “comfortably” without feeling self conscious with their girlfriend around.
One man, 35, from Tokyo writes:
“If there are women around, I have to try and make it fun and worry about the mood too much. If it’s just us men, we don’t have to worry about who is treating while trying to please.”
This event was so surprisingly successful, the Hilton plans to host more “man-get-together-eat-cake” events on a much more consistent basis. For 15,000 yen (about 200 dollars) you can spend the night at a luxurious Hilton resort, having a cup of coffee to accompany the assortment of 35 sweets to indulge in while you gossip with your fellow man friends.
Do you think straight men in the states would truly, honest-to-god want to participate in an event like this, but are just too afraid of the social reprecussions? Do you think there are a handful of straight men out there in America, London, Europe just aching to have cake and chat but worry about their image?