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Ueno Snake Cuisine

Chinese people eat snakes, and Japanese people also used to eat snakes. There are still snake restaurants in Tokyo now. T...

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Takeya, Famous Discount Store in Okachimachi

Purple buildings are lined up in Okachimachi. These are famous discount stores called Takeya. These days they are full of foreig...

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Ueno Ameyoko Center Building : Chaotic Underground Food Market

Ueno Ameya-yokocho shopping street (Ameyoko for short) is famous and popular. There is Ameyoko Center Building (アメ横センタービル) in th...

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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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Asakusa Kannon Onsen – The Old Japanese Bathhouse

There are a lot of retro public bathhouses in Japan, but Asakusa Kannon Onsen is very old and antiquated hot spring. It is worth...

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Ueno Ameyoko : Started from the Black Market after WWII

Ameya-yokocho shopping street, also known as Ameyoko, is a famous outdoor market, along the JR Yamanote Line between Okachim...

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