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.
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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).
Reference for Citations
Duits, Kjeld (). Tokyo 1890s: Prostitutes in Cage, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on June 25, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/420/prostitutes-in-cage
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