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Lust, Commerce, and CorruptionAn Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai$
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Mark Teeuwen and Kate Wildman Nakai

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166447

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166447.001.0001

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Chapter 6

Chapter 6

(p.309) Chapter 6
Lust, Commerce, and Corruption
Mark Teeuwen, Kate Wildman Nakai, Miyazaki Fumiko, Anne Walthall, John Breen, Mark Teeuwen, Kate Wildman Nakai
Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the proliferation of pleasure districts and prostitutes in Japan during the Edo period. It first describes the large buildings in the pleasure quarters, the grand multistoried bordellos, and the splendor of the bedchambers that go with the world's affluence—a business that is based on luxury. It then expresses disdain at the brothel keepers who engaged in the business of selling women. It also considers the life of a prostitute, how an ordinary woman became a prostitute, the causes and consequences of prostitution, the prevalence of kidnappings, the Kabuki as the basis of entertainment in during that era, the extravagance of actors and the theater world, the theater's influence on women, how theatrical performances were driven by lust, the mutual effect of prostitution and the theater, debauchery in restaurants and the entertainment business, kept women and concubines. The chapter concludes by explaining how lust posed a threat to the state.

Keywords:   pleasure districts, prostitutes, Japan, Edo period, prostitution, kidnappings, Kabuki, entertainment, theater, lust

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