By law, brothel patrons were only allowed to stay for a night and a day at a time.Like all official policies for Yoshiwara, this was rarely enforced. The fashions in the town changed frequently, creating a great demand for merchants and artisans.Though samurai were discouraged from entering the Yoshiwara area, they often did so.
Men of this more privileged class that cruise the Internet instead of the sidewalks for sex also have different views about prostitution.
Compared with men who have been arrested for soliciting a prostitute, the "hobbyists" are more likely to say that prostitution should be legal, that they would marry a prostitute and that prostitutes enjoy their work, the researchers found.
Traditionally the prostitutes were supposed to wear only simple blue robes, but this was rarely enforced.
The high-ranking ladies often dressed in the highest fashion of the time, with bright colorful silk kimonos and expensive and elaborate hair decorations.
But new research drawing on a large-scale nationally representative sample of men shows that frequenting prostitutes is not actually all that ordinary in the United States.