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Ghetto in Japan?

Nobody in that district had 4 limbs...

Japan: the pinnacle of Asian sophistication and civilisation. Yet somehow we still managed to end up staying in the ghetto of Osaka. We had read warnings about the insalubrious nature of the Shin-Imamiya district on various travel blogs but had chosen to disregard them: 'It's Japan, how bad can it be?'. How bad indeed; worse, in fact, than most of the ghettos of South East London that I have inhabited in my time. Littered with brothels and unsavory drinking holes, it appeared that Shin-Imamiya was a dumping ground for all the country's cripples, drunkards, prostitutes and addicts; a veritable mix of society's untouchables. Nobody in that district had all 4 limbs and full mental capacity... Nowhere else in Japan had we experienced heckling when walking down the street - this was actually intimidating for Japan! Our experience at the Hotel Chuo Selene epitomised the character of the area. Sharing a dorm room with 2 other girls, we were slightly disturbed one night when the drunken male hotel receptionist let himself into our room at 2am, stripped to his underwear to sleep in the empty dorm bed where he proceeded to snore with a quality that could only be described as beast-like. We endured this for 4 hours throughout which he was totally immune to the verbal abuse we hurled at him. The moral of the story: take heed of the information offered on travel-blogs. We do not endorse staying in Shin-Imamiya district or at the Hotel Chuo Selene!!

Posted by dodging_cholera 05:38 Archived in Japan

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