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Ueno Snake Cuisine

Ueno Snake Cuisine

Chinese people eat snakes, and Japanese people also used to eat snakes. There are still snake restaurants in Tokyo now. There was a habit of eating snake...

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Takeya, Famous Discount Store in Okachimachi

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 foreigners. Near Okachimachi St...

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Ueno Ameyoko Center Building : Chaotic Underground Food Market

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 the middle of Ameyoko (アメ横) and a ...

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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 (5) – Festival in Yoshiwara “Oiran Dochu” (Courtesan Parade)

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 was abolished by the anti prost...

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Asakusa Kannon Onsen – The Old Japanese Bathhouse

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 visiting and it should be consi...

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Ueno Ameyoko : Started from the Black Market after WWII

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 Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. T...

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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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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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