Kabukichō, Tokyo

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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.

The aurie haes mony movie theaters, an is locatit near Shinjuku Station, Seibu Shinjuku Station, an several ither major railway an subway stations.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

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[eedit | eedit soorce]

Entrance o Kabukichō at daytime.

Accordin tae a spokesperson o Metropolitan Tokyo in 2004, there are mair than 1,000 yakuza members in Kabukichō, an 120 different enterprises unner their control.[1]

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[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kabukichō is featured in a number o media:

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References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 2004年1月19日竹花東京都副知事発言・歌舞伎町住民との懇談会
  2. "IMDB entry on the movie "Fuyajō"". 
  3. "Interview with Gaspar Noé for the A.V. club". 

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Coordinates: 35°41′38″N 139°42′12″E / 35.69388°N 139.703422°E / 35.69388; 139.703422