From the Bridge of Tears to Thunder Gate - 2015/05/02
As described by Alfie Goodrich: "Nihonzutsumi is an area of Taito-ku, just south of Minami-senju and north of Asakusa. Until 1966 it went by the name San'ya and was considered one of Tokyo's few 'slum' areas. San'ya was, from the Edo Period, an area largely populated by 'burakumin' or 'low-caste' people. The inhabitants of the area typically performed all the tasks that the Shogunate could not perform because their faith prohibited them from doing so: butchering, leather tanning, slaughtering of animals etc. In addition to these jobs, the inhabitants of San'ya were involved in the slaughtering of criminals and other tasks that revolved around the large execution grounds in the area. During the Edo Period, more than 200,000 people were put to death in the San'ya execution grounds. 'The Bridge of Tears' or Namidabashi no longer exists but is marked by name above a road intersection just south of Minami-senju station. Senzoku 4-chome, which we will also walk through, was one of the largest red-light districts in Edo Tokyo, called Yoshiwara. We shall visit Yoshiwara Shrine and streets in and around Senzoku 4-chome which forms the rough area of the former red-light district. The walk ends at Kaminarimon or 'Thunder Gate' in the main body of Asakusa."Read More
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