Pull of adult video stars
For regular club-goer Prinya Lovajana, being able to see a Japanese Adult Video (JAV) star in a nightclub was novel.
The 26-year-old entrepreneur, who frequents Haru, had asked to take a photo with Rei Kawashima, the guest DJ on Saturday night. He told The New Paper: "Of course I had to take a picture with her - good things can't wait. I've heard of Rei before, so it's interesting to be able to see her in real life.
"We are all waiting for top JAV idol Maria Ozawa to make an appearance here. I think if she comes to Singapore, the queue for the club will be very long. All guys know her and would want to see her in person."
Kawashima's appearance in Japanese restaurant/lounge Haru is part of a bi-monthly promotional event in which the establishment brings in JAV actresses to deejay on a weekend.
In the past few months, other JAV actresses such as Namiki Yu and Misaki Rola have also performed there.
On Saturday night, Kawashima, who took over the decks at around 12.45am, played electronic dance music to the full-house crowd of more than 150 for an hour.
The revellers, mainly young adults in their 20s and 30s, welcomed her by dancing in front of the console and requesting for photographs with her.
Some even bought her glasses of champagne, which she gladly accepted.
Kawashima, who learnt how to DJ from a Japanese friend, said: "I am still a beginner in this field, but my aim is to make the audience happy. Hopefully, I can get more deejaying gigs in the future."
Law graduate Nicolette Lye, 24, said: "Things got more exciting here after they started bringing in JAV stars. It gives the club a greater appeal.
"We will probably take pictures with her later. I thought she would strip but she didn't."
Undergraduate Joachim Tan, 24, added: "I didn't come specially for her, but I think this is an interesting concept. It's new and it will definitely attract people."
This article was first published on July 29, 2014.
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