"Yukaku"

Yoshiwara Shrine; The Goddess for Women

Yoshiwara Shrine (吉原神社) is near Taito Hospital at the end of Nakacho Street. This shrine is for the girls from Yoshiwara Yukaku ...

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Jokanji Temple; Graves of Prostitutes

There is a temple called Jokanji (浄閑寺) near Minowa Station on the Hibiya Line. At Jokanji Temple, there are graves where prostit...

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Yoshiwara – Special Information Cafes

Yoshiwara was a yukaku (licensed red light district) from the 17th century until WWII, and even now there are special bathrooms ...

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Yoshiwara – The Largest Soaplands Area

Yoshiwara is now the largest red light district in Japan. In this area, there are about 150 brothels, called soaplands. There we...

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Yoshiwara (5) – Festival in Yoshiwara “Oiran Dochu” (Courtesan Parade)

Yoshiwara (吉原), located to the north of Asakusa, has about 300 years of history as a red light district. Its historical role...

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Yoshiwara (4) – Horse Meat Restaurants

Near Yoshiwara Omon Crossing, in 1-chome Nihonzutumi, there are two old but excellent wooden buildings.

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Yoshiwara (3) – Old Cafe-Styled Architecture

After WWII, yukaku closed and so did special cafes or restaurants that had the role of brothels. When the Anti-Prostitution Law ...

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Yoshiwara (2) – The Women’s Side Of Town

Yoshiwara is a unique area that used to be a yukaku (lisensed red light district) and is still special. There are many suspiciou...

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Yoshiwara (1) – Vestiges of Yukaku

Nowadays Yoshiwara is the largest red light district in Japan. It has many special bathrooms known as soaplands. Yoshiwara was p...

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