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Ueno Park : Shinobazu Pond (Shinobazu no Ike)

Ueno Park : Shinobazu Pond (Shinobazu no Ike)

Shinobazu Pond (不忍池, Shinobazu no Ike) is on the west side of Ueno Park (上野公園). Ueno is located on the border of lower class district and upper class district...

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Ueno Park : Sanctuary of the Homeless

Ueno Park : Sanctuary of the Homeless

Ueno Park (Ueno Onshi Koen) is famous for having many museums found on its grounds; the Tokyo National Museum , the National Museum for Western Art , the To...

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Kagaya; Performance Art Izakaya in Shimbashi

Kagaya; Performance Art Izakaya in Shimbashi

I heard that foreign tourists often visit "Kagaya", the unique casual restaurant in Shimbashi(Shinbashi). The best way to get to Shimbashi is two stops from...

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The final day of the Tokyu Toyoko above-ground line in Shibuya Station (Mar 15, 2013)

The final day of the Tokyu Toyoko above-ground line in Shibuya Station (Mar 15, 2013)

The Tokyu Toyoko above-ground line in Shibuya Station will be closed and a new underground station will open on 15/03/2013. The Tokyu Toyoko Line will be connec...

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Yoshiwara (4) – Horse Meat Restaurants

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

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 passed in the 1958, most of them...

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

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...

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Yoshiwara (1) – Vestiges of Yukaku

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 previously called yūkaku, which h...

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