In 1621, a brothel owner wrote a petition to the Japanese shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He made an argument that if a “red light district” was established in Edo (the city that later became Tokyo), it would be beneficial to everyone. The shogunate agreed, and not surprisingly, the owner of the brothel was appointed as the owner of the new recreation area.
Yoshiwara means “reed field” because it was basically built on a drained swamp and was completed in 1626. From the opening of the gate until the area was closed by the government in 1959, Yoshiwara was still the legendary pornographic version of Disney World (Disney World) suitable for rich and energetic adult gentlemen, not itchy. But for women working there, this is a prison they cannot escape.
Another root vegetable, konnyaku was sold to gentlemen who were either too broke to afford a visit to a brothel, or not in the mood for the elaborate courtship required to persuade a high ranking courtesan to yield. How did it work? After cooking, it resembled a very firm sort of jelly. A slab was then rolled in a piece of cloth to form a tube and heated in warm water. I’ll leave further details to your imagination.
In addition, a gentleman tuckered out from lovemaking might use a piece of slippery konnyaku jelly to stimulate the lady’s delicate parts … or at least fool her into thinking he was doing something else entirely.