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Originally known as toruko-buro, or Turkish baths, after protestations from the Russian Embassy the name was changed to Soapland. Soaplands became popular after outright prostitution was made illegal in Japan, as here the service is being bathed not explicitly sex. The legality of these places is much in question, with a wider range of deeds considered legal than you might expect. A bath-based brothel rising 5 fairy-tale stories into the sky, cornered with towers and capped with bright red tile, it represents an era gone mad with indulgence, audacity, and hopefulness.
Today the Queen Chateau Soapland lies in crippled ruin, its bright colors fading, its halycon days of glamor and glitz supplanted by ghost-like hangings in its dim and dusty bars. Its grand playing-card Queen still stands aloft emblazoned across the front of the building, but her stare is now more that of a toothless Ozymandius than a haughty mademoiselle.
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The ruin of a Japanese love hotel almost completely overgrown with brambles. This beautiful defunct water tower adds a European flair to a traditional Japanese neighborhood. Added by KoinuSensei. Thanks for subscribing! Community Discussion No Comments Yet. Start the discussion.