0.06 Theater District and Floating World

Theaters of Kabuki were regarded as Akusho (red-light district) due to the performamce that focuces on sensuality of beautiful actors, and became the object of oppression by the shogunate. In fact, the theaters were used for secret randezvous of actors and audiences, so visiting Kabuki theater frequnetly was called Akusho-gayoi ("to frequent bad quarters" in English) and made a bad impression.

However, people who visit theater district wanted to be away from the reality with full of worries and indulge themselves in the beautiful world of pleasure.

For them, Kabuki was the place like a dream that let them forget all difficulties for a moment.