With over 25% of Japanese confirmed to be smokers, and with Japan’s culture of using attractive women to sell just about anything, it was only a matter of time before cigarettes and girls were put together for the benefit of business.
Cigarettes are so popular that they have vending machines in almost every neighborhood within the city. But even so, hand-rolled tobacco, or “shag,” as people call it, is not that much of a tradition in Japan.
Smoke Fresh Hands, Japan’s first hand-rolled cigarette bar, offers not only a humidity-controlled smoking environment but also something that might make even the non-smoker want a cigarette or two — hot girls who help you roll your cigarettes.
The shop is reported to be a little humid compared to other smoke shops; however, it is meant to be that way because the regulated climate preserves the freshness of the tobacco’s odor and taste.
Their products also come in a variety of flavors: vanilla, mint, apple, mango, raspberry, and many more. In addition, their products are completely natural, which results in less smoke.
They also serve food and drink to accommodate not just smokers but other people as well.
Truly, this shop has a very promising future in Japan.
If you want to visit:
■ Smoke Friends House
Alcove 2F, 3-17-2
Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to
Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
Closed on Mondays