2018年10月19日

Common name "Sanya", located in the north of Taito-ku, is Tokyo's largest flophouse district.

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The neighborhood of "Senju", the first post town of Nikko-gaido highway which was one of the five major highways in the Edo period (The 17th-19th century), was lived by poor people and physical laborers before the second World War. Right after the war, Tokyo metropolitan government built a camp for the people who lost their houses by bombing. Being in a state of chaos and confusion, these tents had been gradually changed to the cheap lodging houses for poor people. In accordance with the rapid economic growth of Japan from 1960s, Sanya attracted many laborers mainly in the field of construction work. Sanya and Kamagasaki in Osaka became leading districts which supplied cheap and plentiful laborers. About 15,000 casual laborers lived here in the peak period in 1963 though, now it has decreased to 4,200. Instead of decreasing number of the casual laborers, many backpackers are coming here. Sanya is a popular non-Japanese backpacker's hangout.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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