After WWII, yukaku closed and so did special cafes or restaurants that had the role of brothels. When the Anti-Prostitution Law passed in the 1958, most of them closed or chaged to forms like soaplands. There remains the architecture of special cafes or restaurants that were used as brothels from 1946 to 1958.
Along the street one block east of Edoni Street (south part of Edomachi Street), you can find some old cafe-styled architecture. Most of them have since changed into apartments.
When you walk from Nakacho Street, there is a worn-out building on the right. The Moriya-so apartment building used to be a special cafe, called Moriya. This building has six post boxes and three doors. It was probably an old-styled building with a shared kitchen and bathroom.
The next is Iwabuchi-so apartment building, which has a rounded corner and columns that are characteristic of cafe-styled architecture. This apartment was also a special cafe called Prince.
There is also the Masumi-so apartment building with masumi written on the front. Yes, this was a brothel called Masumi.
These buildings tend to be demolished rapidly because they are too old. In another 5 or 10 years, these buildings will probably be gone.
[How to go] a 15 minute walk from Minowa Station or Minami-Senju Station
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