The Naming of Soapland

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.

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