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Continuing our series on the world’s oldest profession, let us travel to the Far East. Prostitution is a respected tradition in Japan and Courtesans are often held in honor.  Unlike in the West, where sex is often seen as dirty or shameful, the Japanese have a very different view. There you will find temples dedicated to the penis and women serving as sacred whores.

What follows is a series of vintage photographs from the Empire of the Rising Sun.

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And last but certainly not least, we bring you Jigoku Dayū – the Hell Courtesan!

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