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71203-0014 - Tobita Brothels

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Osaka Showa 1930s Unknown
Tobita Yukaku (prostitution district) of Osaka. Tobita was founded as a licensed brothel district in 1916 (Taisho 5) after the Namba Shinchi Yukaku burned down. It immediately started to attract impoverished farm girls and wives fleeing abusive husbands and by 1918 (Taisho 7), it already counted 100 brothels. That number had risen to 200 by the early Showa Period (1925-1989). See blog entry.
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