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161215-0041 - Prostitutes on Display


Tokyo Meiji 1890s Teijiro Takagi

Ten prostitutes behind harimise (張見世, a latticed show window) at a brothel in Tokyo’s Yoshiwara entertainment district.

Prostitutes from less expensive brothels were seated, without moving or speaking, behind wooden latticed windows.

This kind of display was prohibited after 1916 (Taishi 5).

Notice the electric light.

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