Sometimes, through pure chance, you discover a seemingly completely out of place sight in a city in Japan!
At the very end of Honcho Street in Yoshiwara,Fuji City, I discovered what could be considered the tackiest building in Shizuoka Prefecture: Arabian Nights Build Raika III!
The side entrance to the access to the joints on the side of the buuilding.
Mind you it just for a field day for a photographer in search of the unusual of of the very bad taste of an era gone!
Stairway to heaven?
It is actually still very much in use!
Obviously the whole building houses entertainments of the dubious kind…
Interestingly enough, the name of “Yoshiwara” is found in many a city in Japan as the name for the local “amusement quarters”!
I wonder if ladies invite customers from that veranda at night?
Two of the signs say “Holy Night” and “Casanova”!
The flowers on the first flower means that a new place has just opened!
Not short of well-wishers!
Stained glass windows?
Pity I didn’t have the time to admire it with all the neon lights ablaze at night!
Did you know that the color “pink” in Japan means the same as the color “blue” in Western countries? LOL
An emergency escape route for a pennyless customer?
A Ramen Club! Serious!
Still a Chinese Dragon is a bit out of place, a desert jinn wuld have been more appropriate!
The irony of it all is that the back exit of the alley opens onto a large Buddhist temple cemetery!
From Paradise to Hell, or vice versa?
Get off at Yoshiwara JR Railway Station along the Tokaido railway Line. Transfer to the Yaoshiwara Station of the private Gakunan Railways and get off at “Yoshiwara Honcho” Station.
Walk straight till the very end of Honcho Street!
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