In 1951, the first Turkish baths began to be offered in Japan. By 1956, they’re offering “special services,” which begins to attract government attention. By 1960, customers can get sex while visiting a Turkish bath. These Turkish baths are essentially happy ending baths, and by the 1980s, they have millions of customers a year.
However, the Turkish embassy in Tokyo began receiving calls from inquisitive customers about prices and reservations. Once the Turkish embassy realized what mix-up, they complained to the Japanese government, until, in 1985, the 110 members of the trade association of Turkish bathhouses came up with a plan for a new name that would apply to all of them. To come up with the name the held a nationwide contest. About 2200 suggestions were submitted, and the new name chosen was Soapland. Today, these facilities still exist in Japan, offering customers the chance to be cleaned by a beautiful women, along with the satisfaction of other needs.