Originaly published on Public Lens
Photo By Thibaut Goarant / Text by Public Lens
Since elder times, Asakusa was not only known for being home to Senso-ji temple. Asakusa was also a place for leisure, starting off with restaurants and a geisha town with its teahouses (o’chaya) and geisha houses (okiya), expending to a pleasure district with a specific type of prostitutes called oiran.
Nowadays, Asakusa is still a bustling entertainment hub, and if several teahouses remain, the geisha community keeps its privacy, despite some attractions made for the tourists to better understand this culture.