Destination: Yoshiwara – part 2

This is a real Weeping Willow. The Mikaeri Yanagi was a willow tree placed at the outer gates of Yoshiwara. It received its name, ‘The Looking-Back Willow’, from the clients who paused on their journeys home and looked back at Yoshiwara one last time … looked back at the girls and the rest-houses such as the Garden of Unmoving Brightness …and sighed with regret; for they knew they may not live to see Yoshiwara again.

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