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Nagasaki 1910s • Maruyama Brothels

Maruyama Brothel District, Nagasaki

Another view of the brothels in Nagasaki’s Maruyama and Yoriai prostitute quarters. At the height of the area’s popularity, Maruyama and neighboring Yoriai counted no less than 54 brothels with 766 prostitutes. For more information and an earlier view of the area, see Nagasaki 1890s • Maruyama Brothels.

Map of Nagasaki in 1887
1887 (Meiji 20) Map of Nagasaki: 1. Deshima (also: Dejima); 2. Nakashimagawa; 3. Yoriai; 4. Maruyama

As I haven’t discovered the exact location of this image yet, the Google Map shows the center of the Maruyama district.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 70808-0001

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Duits, K. (2008, June 8). Nagasaki 1910s • Maruyama Brothels, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Dec 06 from

Posted by • 2008-06-08
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