No-pan kissa

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No-pan kissa (ノーパン喫茶, literally "no-panties cafe") is a Japanese term for cafes where the waitresses wear short skirts with no underwear. The floors, or sections of the floor, are often mirrored.[citation needed]

Customers order drinks and snacks and may look at, but not generally touch, the staff.[1] The shops otherwise look like normal coffee shops, rather than sex establishments, although they charge around four times as much for coffee.[citation needed] Previously, most sex establishments had been establishments, such as soaplands and pink salons, with professional prostitutes. No-pan kissa were a popular employment choice amongst some women because they paid well and generally required little sexual contact with the customers.

The first one to open was in Osaka in 1980.[2] Initially, all of them were in remote areas outside the traditional entertainment districts. Within a year, large numbers had opened in many more places, such as major railway stations.[3]

In the 1980s (the peak of the boom in these shops), many started to have topless or bottomless waitresses.[citation needed] However, at this point, the number of such shops started to decline rapidly.[citation needed]

Eventually, such coffee shops gave way to fashion health (massage) clubs and few no-pan kissa, if any, remain.[citation needed] The New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act came into force on February 13, 1985, which further restricted the sex industry and protected the more traditional businesses.[citation needed]

In addition to no-pan kissa, there have also been no-pan shabu-shabu[4] and no-pan karaoke.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b Allison, Anne (1994). Nightwork: sexuality, pleasure, and corporate masculinity in a Tokyo hostess club. University of Chicago Press. pp. 131–132. ISBN 0-226-01487-8. 
  2. ^ Buruma, Ian (1984). Behind the mask: on sexual demons, sacred mothers, transvestites, gangsters, drifters and other Japanese cultural heroes. Pantheon Books. p. 111. ISBN 0-394-53775-0. 
  3. ^ Bestor, Theodore C. (1989). Neighborhood Tokyo. Studies of the East Asian Institute. Stanford University Press. p. 42. ISBN 0-8047-1797-4. 
  4. ^ "Ministry officials 'demanded' sex club entertainment". New Sunday Times. 28 January 1998. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  5. ^ Allison, Anne (2000). Permitted and prohibited desires: mothers, comics, and censorship in Japan. University of California Press. p. 170. ISBN 0-520-21990-2.