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Yoshiwara Gate, Tokyo

In Edo Period Tokyo - this was the only way in to the gated Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters. Here once stood the entry to the 'Floating World' - where famous Ukiyo-e artists like Hiroshige ,Kunisada, & Hokusai got inspiration for their woodblock masterpieces. Today it is but a shadow of it's former self - due to the Kanto Earthquake in the 1920's & firebombing during WW2. This is a place that you won't see on tourist maps.

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Taken on September 11, 2006