Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Yoshiwara and Sanya
This page indexes, contains corrections and has additions to the Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter of Tokyo Stroll.
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Asakusa Fuji Asama Jinja: Tokyo Stroll page 467
Ashita No Joe Statue: Tokyo Stroll page 465
Dote no Iseya: Tokyo Stroll page 466
Edo Kiriko Asakusa Ojima: Tokyo Stroll page 467
Ichiyō Memorial Museum / Ichiyō Kinenkan: Tokyo Stroll page 466
Imado Jinja: Tokyo Stroll page 470
Jōkanji: Tokyo Stroll page 472
Kastori Bookstore (カストリ書房)
An interesting very small bookstore/publisher devoted to the study of red light districts. Appropriately it is located in what used to be the Shin-Yoshiwara district which operated as a licensed brothel district until prostitution was outlawed in 1958. The publisher grew out of a hobby of documenting the former prostitution districts in Japan, photographing old buildings were demolished, interviewing people who worked in the districts, and collection books on the topic. They publish original works, reprint significant out of print titles, sell books by other publishers, and handle used books. The location is near to the east side of the district, and not far from the main road. For those who may be nervous about going to this neighborhood the store is some blocks east of the soapland district and is in a very safe mainly residential area with many elderly residents.
Kissa Akane: Tokyo Stroll page 472
Matsuchiyama Shōden: Tokyo Stroll page 472
Mikaeri Yanagi (見返り柳)
Located at the corner of an intersection next to a gas station is a small willow tree with a stone marker and modern descriptive sign in Japanese and English. The Mikaeri Yanagi, usually referred to as the Looking Back Willow, is one of the old landmarks of the former Yoshiwara district and is often seen in woodblock prints of the area. This tree was next to the only gate into the walled district. The original willow was slightly north of the present one, likely in what is now the middle of a road.
Nakae: Tokyo Stroll page 466
Ōtori Jinja: Tokyo Stroll page 464
Sanyabori Park / Sanyabori Kōen: Tokyo Stroll page 470
Yoshiwara: Tokyo Stroll page 464
Yoshiwara Benten: Tokyo Stroll page 462
Yoshiwara Jinja: Tokyo Stroll page 464
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Created July 10, 2019 | Content last updated March 7, 2023