An Illustrated History of Vice #3


Prostitutes in Japan wait for clients (1947)

4 comments:

swac said...

Interesting how they're done up like American housewives...

Vanwall said...

There's an excellent Japanese murder mystery set during this period, "The Tattoo Murder Case", by Akimitsu Takagi, that has a very realistic take on post-war Japan and American influence, without losing the essential cultural differences. Creepy, too.

Cinebeats said...

Interesting how they're done up like American housewives.

It's the influence of the American occupation at work. I'm sure most of their clients at the time were American G.I.s since they would have been some of the only people who could afford prostitutes after the war.

The Tattoo Murder Case is a terrific mystery! Its nice to come across someone else who has read it vanwell. I've only read two of Takagi's books (the other was Honeymoon to Nowhere) but I enjoyed them both a lot.

Vanwall said...

Takagi is an excellent writer, and changes his styles often to suit the situation. I haven't read Honeymoon to Nowhere, but I have read The Informer, which is very good but unlike TMC in a lot of ways. I especially liked the undercurrent of his work - no one is innocent.