Last updated on: 8/28/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

1617 – Japan Creates Red-Light Districts

The red-light district Yoshiwara [Good Luck Meadow] was “established in 1617 on the edge of the city [Edo now known as Tokyo] to gather all legal brothels in an out-of-the-way spot, the Yoshiwara was relocated in 1656 following Edo’s rapid expansion.

It burned down a year later in the Meireki Fire and was rebuilt in 1659, this time out past Asakusa. Officially renamed Shin (New) Yoshiwara, it was now permitted to carry on night time operations, which were prohibited in the old quarter.”