Kabukichō (歌舞伎町) is an entertainment an red-licht destrict in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Kabukichō is the location o mony hostess bars, host bars, love hotels, shops, restaurants, an nichtclubs, an is aften cried the "Sleepless Toun" (眠らない街). The destrict's name comes frae late-1940s plans tae build a kabuki theater. Although the theater wis niver built, the name stuck.
History[edit | edit source]
Oreeginally, the aurie wis kent as Tsunohazu (角筈) an wis a swamp. Efter the Meiji Period, the aurie became a duck sanctuary. As the Yodobashi Purification Plant wis built in 1893, the ponds were filled in. In 1920, a girl's schuil wis built there, and the surroundings wur developit intae a residential aurie. Durin Warld War II, the bombin o Tokyo in 1945 razit the aurie tae the grund. Efter the war, a kabuki theatre wis planned tae be built there an the toun changit its name tae Kabukichō. Though the theatre wis cancelled due tae financial problems, the name remained. Kabukichō wis quickly redevelopit efter the war, mainly due tae the efforts o the owerseas Cheenese in Japan who bought land left unuised efter the expos an greatly developit them. Examples o such fowk include the foonder o Humax, Lin Yiwen, who stairtit his business wi a cabaret.
At present, Kabukichō haes transformit frae a residential aurie tae a warld famous red-licht destrict hoosin ower three thoosan bars, nichtclubs, love hotels, massage parlours, hostess clubs an the like. Although referred here as a "red licht destrict", there are nae red lichts in the literal sense wi prostitutes in the windaes as in Amsterdam. Recently, tourism frae Cheenae an Korea are on the rise, an so, mony tourists can be seen in Kabukichō even durin daytime.
Creeme[edit | edit source]
Enterin the new millennium, laws wur mair strictly enforcit an patrols became mair frequent. These, addin tae the installation o fifty closed-circuit cameras in Mey 2002, reducit creeminal activities in Kabukichō, amidst controversy.
In 2004, the polis unnerteuk an operation clampin doun on illegal clubs an brothels, causin mony tae go oot o business. An aw, there is a muivement tae rid Kabukichō o the yakuza ("bad hand" gangs), kent as the Kabukichō Renaissance.
In cultur[edit | edit source]
Kabukichō is featured in a number o media:
- Shinjuku Incident, a 2009 Jackie Chan movie set in the early '90s aboot Cheenese immigrants in Japan
- Fuyajo, novel bi Hase Seishu. An aw, a movie based on the novel that wis filmit in Kabukichō
- Enter the Void, a film bi Gaspar Noé, wis pairtly filmit an set in Kabukichō
- A Guide of the Sleepless Town, novel bi Lee Xiaomu
- TOKYO REALTIME: Kabukicho, an audio guidit tour o Kabukicho producit bi Max Hodges
- In the Miso Soup, novel bi Ryu Murakami
- Dreaming Pachinko, novel bi Isaac Adamson
- "Kabukichō No Joō", sang bi Shiina Ringo
- The School of Water Business, novel bi Hikaru Murozumi
- Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, a role-playin video game bi Atlus
- Yakuza series, an Action-adventure gemme bi Sega featurs a fictionalizit Kabukichō as Kamurocho
- Ugly Americans, novel bi Ben Mezrich
- Pattern Recognition, novel bi William Gibson
- "Shin Pet Shop of Horrors", manga bi Matsuri Akino
- The manga Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi is mostly focused around a fictional version of Kabukichou in the late 19th century
- Tokyo Vice, beuk bi Jake Adelstein
See an aw[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Freemit airtins[edit | edit source]
- Kabukicho Renaissance offeecial wabsteid - Kabukicho toun information - (Inglis)
- KABUKI町 Kabukicho ptal site (Japanese)
- Kabukicho Commune (Japanese)
- @GEHA Kabukicho Renewal Alliance (Japanese)
- Kabukicho Renaissance blog,Koichi Teratani, a documentary maker and authority on Kabukicho (Japanese)