Perhaps if Jimmy Fallon had more than just "video games and sneakers" in his old apartment, things may have worked out with Nicole Kidman after all. Japanese real estate company Property Design Office (PDO) is promoting the "matchmaking apartment" to young, single Japanese—complete with stripper pole and bathtub in the living room—in the belief that your home can help you attract a mate and keep the relationship healthy.
In Japan where birth and marriage rates have been in decline, young singles are encouraged to be proactive about finding a mate (called 'konkatsu': marriage hunting) through matchmaking events (often government sponsored), visiting members-only konkatsu bars and signing up for clubs and classes attended by others looking for marriage.
If the above tactics don't work, marriage seekers could try moving into a konkatsu apartment, recently profiled by The Wall Street Journal. The brainchild of PDO's Rintaro Kikuchi, (in collaboration with Japanese love advisor "Olivia"), the bright, open spaces are meant to promote relaxation and...love. A few of its features:
- removable stripper pole in the living room
- bathtub in the living room, viewable from the sofa (there is a private shower room)
- well-appointed kitchen to encourage cooking together and avoid unhealthy convenience foods
- walls and ceiling made from natural products (petroleum-based materials, according to PDO, "adversely affect the female hormone")
- soundproofing in the walls to keep neighbors' noise out and sounds from music and, presumably, stripper pole-related activities in.
- a unisex interior to appeal to both men and women
If you believe your home is a reflection of self then the idea that your home is an ally in attracting a mate isn't a far stretch. But rather than impressing a mate with your pole dancing prowess, if your home makes you happy and calm this is perhaps a more powerful attraction mechanism.
Read and see more:
- In Japan, 'Marriage Hunting' May Require the Right Lair, and a Stripper Pole by Eleanor Warnock, The Wall Street Journal
- Tankatsu Apartment on Property Design Office
- Konkatsu Mansion on My News Navi