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70710-0006 - Japanese Prostitutes in Yoshiwara, Tokyo, 1910s

Tokyo 1910s
Yoshiwara Prostitutes

Artist Unknown
Publisher Marukiya
Medium Postcard
Period Meiji
Location Tokyo
Image No. 70710-0006
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Japanese prostitutes behind a window in the Yukaku (red light district) of Yoshiwara in Tokyo.

Prostitutes from less expensive brothels were seated behind wooden latticed windows called harimise (張り見世). As a result of intense international pressure, putting prostitutes on display in harimise was prohibited in 1916.

For more information on Yoshiwara, see Tokyo 1910s • Yoshiwara Prostitutes.

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As it is unclear at which brothel this photo was shot, the Google Map below shows the location of the former entrance gate, the Omon (大門), located in current-day Senzoku 4-chome, Taito-ku (台東区千束4丁目).


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Duits, Kjeld (). Tokyo 1910s: Yoshiwara Prostitutes, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on December 3, 2022 (GMT) from

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