Hostess clubs are often frequented by groups of ‘salarymen’ from a particular office who, in the hostess club environment, are able to break away from the otherwise rigidly imposed hierarchy of the office. The hostess club is popular for after-work socializing and the continuation of business and, as the author explains, ‘salarymen’ are far more likely to spend their nights working and playing in hostess clubs rather than their own homes. She explains that most ‘salarymen’ perceive hostess clubs as offering a more relaxing atmosphere with greater luxury and without the presence of wives and children. The fact that the average ‘salaryman’ prefers to spend his nights with other men while being served and pampered by flirtatious women rather than spend time with his wife and children perfectly illustrates the degree to which these men favor the caricature of a subservient, flirtatious, and simple woman. The topic of hostess clubs is strongly correlated with the page about "The Commodification of Desire." Hostesses are a physical incarnation of the commodification of sexual desire and the desire for a 'ideal' Japanese woman.
Source: Anne Allison, Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club.