Professional prostitutes in the areaway of one of the big professional houses. Note the uniform kimonos. The women are made up to somewhat resemble geisha. Geisha were and are not prostitutes, but more like what Europeans used to call courtesans. However, many prostitutes, especially those with a little more education than the norm, might behave marginally like geisha—that is, as entertainers and intellectual companions. And then some geisha houses, undergoing deterioration, could make the transition to prostitution—the term “daruma geisha” or “geisha that would tip over easily” was used sometimes (daruma is a figure in Japanese Buddhist folklore—a monk who contemplated so intensely that he lost his arms and legs as well as his ego).
This shopping area, in western outlying Tokyo, was completely destroyed in the fire-bombing. New shops with temporary construction were built with flimsy street lights, public telephones (small box-like structure in the middleground), and a post box placed temporarily on the raw dirt!
A neighborhood grocery and fish store in a temporary structure while reconstruction of larger buildings proceeds on both sides. In the big cities that were extensively bombed, the earliest intensive reconstruction took place on the shopping streets rather than in the residential neighborhoods.