“Over its long working life, Yoshiwara was home to the courtesans in decadent robes who were depicted in the ukiyoe of Kitagawa Utamaro and the charming, difficult women of Nagai Kafu’s novels and diaries.”
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The original premise of this article was just to poke around and see what kind of place the Yoshiwara had become. Once I did a little reading and started talking to people though, it took a decidedly dark turn. Surprised they still ran this as a travel story!