Japanese Hooters Girls

For those of you who didn’t already know, Hooters opened up its Japanese franchise last October 25th in Tokyo’s Akasaka Plaza, making Japan the sixth Asian country Hooters has included in their expansion. The other ones are China (Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghi), the Philippines (Pasay City), Singapore, South Korea (Seoul), and Taiwan (Taipei).

Above, we have Tomo, Chica, and Yuu displaying some of what Hooters is famous for….and the food’s pretty good, too. Yuu was quoted as saying, “when you come to Hooters, you can look forward to having just as much of a good time as when you go to Disneyland!”

Only 40 of the 400 young ladies who applied to be Japan’s first official Hooters Girls were chosen. However, 10 of them were not Japanese. I assume those 10 were American, since the trainers during the grand opening were all from various Hooters franchises in the US. I would prefer that all the girls be Japanese, as that would make this Hooters restaurant more representative of the country it’s in, but I suppose if there are Asian Hooters Girls in Western countries, it’s only fair for there to be vice-versa.

Yukiyo during Halloween
Striking the classic Hooters Girl pose, as Yuri shows here,
is one of the first things the ladies learn.
All the servers take a turn donning a Hooters warm-up suit and pulling hostess duty
Jieun (who may be ethnic Korean with a name like that), with a plate of Hooters’ famous
 Buffalo wings. I thought wearing eyeglasses was against Hooters uniform regulations
but I checked the Hooters Employee Handbook and didn’t find anything stating so.
A behind-the-scenes shot of Marica
Entertaining the customers with the “chicken dance”
Promo shot taken outside the restaurant
A very rare (and obviously candid) shot of the girls not wearing smiles.
Now, I’m sure this is against Hooters regulations.
Whenever there’s a Hooters grand opening in a part of the world where there hasn’t been a
Hooters franchise before, more experienced Hooters Girls from US locations usually make
the trip to be on hand to help out.

Hooters Japan Official Website

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.


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