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Yoshiwara Shrine; The Goddess for Women

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 (a licensened red light district...

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Jokanji Temple; Graves of Prostitutes

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 prostitutes from Yoshiwara Yukaku (遊郭, ...

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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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