Vintage Japan

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(Above:) Untitled. Yoshiwara prostitutes, ca. 1903. Prostitutes from lesser brothels, though dressed in splendid silk kimono, would be displayed from behind wood barriers, sitting speechless and motionless -- sometimes for hours -- until they caught the attention of a passerby.
Old Tokyo

UpdateIn case you don't read the comments...

Placebokatz says:

Not much different to todays massage parlors in thailand and else where customers choose the women they want through a one way window. The women sit and watch TV until they are called to work by their number on the badge that they wear. Jonathan Taylor has some pics here that illustrate this custom.

3 comments:

Carlos el Rojo said...

Para que luego digan de las que están en los escaparates de Amsterdam… ¿O es una leyenda urbana?

placeboKatz said...

Not much different to todays massage parlors in thailand and else where customers choose the women they want through a one way window.The women sit and watch TV until they are called to work by their number on the badge that they wear.

Jonathan Taylor has some pics here that illustrate this custom
http://www.jonathantaylor.net/?section=detail&story_id=135

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pK

leno said...

Para que conste: esto me da mucho más asco que el post anterior. Y, además, me cabrea.