For Rent: Spouse or Cat January 25, 2009Posted by Onely in Food for Thought, Honorary Onely Awards.
Tags: hagemashi tai, japan, rent a pet, rent a spouse, single services
Recently I got an invitation, to a rather large formal party, addressed to a curlyquey “Christina C. and Spouse”.
Turns out, while I’ve been wasting time joking with my friends about needing a rent-a-boyfriend for just such awkward occasions, the Japanese have actually gone and created such a service.
Such services appear to be much less about sex and more about creating an image for the customer. You can rent relatives to bulk up the crowd at funerals, or play-act with you as a mother, or father, or spouse–either to give you practice for interacting with your real relatives, or just to give you the experience of what it’s like to fight with your father, or flirt with your husband. (I’m extrapolating a lot of this from the meager news postings and blogs writing about Hagemashi Tai, apparently one of the premier providers.)
I pronounce Hagemashi Tai an Honorary Onely–the first time this honor has ever been bestowed on a corporation! They have deconstructed the idea of one type of relationship (matrimony) being more important than others. They acknowledge the importance of many different kinds of relationships in our lives–from parents to lovers (I hate that word btw!) to pets. Yes! The servces also include rent-a-pet! Which is what I will choose–at least, until they come up with the Rent-a-Brad-Pitt option.
We’d love to hear what our Copious Readership thinks about this rent-an-important-role-in-your-life business. Anyone??