Dance halls, and the jazz bands that played there, were a common form of entertainment for the Japanese and for American military personnel during the Occupation. Particularly popular were the taxi dance halls, a concept that was invented in the United States and introduced to Japan in the 1920s. Using a ticket-a-dance system, the “taxi dancers” (like a taxi driver who provided a specific service for a specific period of time) would dance with any man who was willing to pay the price. Many of the taxi dancers were desperate to make a living. Some expressed regret that before the war, they danced to perfect the art, but after the war, it was all about money.