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 suspicious shops and facilities for women.

Yoshiwara Tokyo

When you walk down Edoni Street (south part of Edomachi Street), there are fewer shops than other areas and many apartments.

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Some apartments display “Lady’s Villa” and are economy hotels for women only.

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These are four Lady’s Villa buildings and more than 100 rooms in this vicinity. A kitchen and a big closet are equiped in every room for long-term users. Guests can stay there from several hours to several months. It is popular for women to keep baggage there and to be able to register resident registrations. It is also possible to live with pets and children.

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The law prohibites brothels offering girls’ residences, so girls live in these hotels. Not only women of the night, but also women who are escaping from thier husbands or boyfriends use these hotels as a shelter.

Yoshiwara Tokyo

There are clinics and hospitals for women in Yoshiwara. Most of them have gynecology, obstetrics, and venereology. Women working in Yoshiwara have higher risks of STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV, etc).

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There is a specilized clinic for checking STDs for working women.

Yoshiwara Tokyo

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Signboards for government-approved women’s clinics can be seen. The most troubling thing for prostitutes is pregnancy, in old days and still now.

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You can see Taito Hospital when you go straight down Nakanocho Street to the end. The forerunner was a specialized venereology hospital called Yoshiwara Hospital in the Yoshiwara Yukaku.

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In the 17th century, most prostitutes lived inside of Yoshiwara Yukaku until they died. Even now many working women live in Yoshiwara. Yoshiwara has been a women’s town since the old days.

[How to go] a 15 minute walk from Minowa Station or Minami-Senju Station

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