Schoolgirls for sale: why Tokyo struggles to stop the ‘JK business’

The persistent practice of paying underage girls for sex-related services, known in Japan as the JK business, has seen charities step in where police have come up short On a humid Wednesday night the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyos most famous red light district, hum with people. Some are tourists, here to gawp and take selfies, but others are customers. Adverts for clubs flash and sing and girls dressed as maids hold signs offering deals for local bars. In a grubby shopfront a perky cartoon featuring a cute Mr Men-style creature offers part-time work. The ad, which has an alarmingly catchy jingle, doesnt specify what the work is, but it doesnt need to: the answer is all around us on the …

Dioramas of death: cleaner recreates rooms where people died alone

Miyu Kojima creates scenes based on rooms she has cleaned after solitary deaths It was at a trade show for the funeral industry that Miyu Kojima had what might seem at first like a macabre idea. Kojima, 27, works for To-Do Company, a cleaning firm that specialises in the apartments of the recently deceased. Many of their jobs involve kodokushi (solitary deaths), where people die alone and are not found for days, a phenomenon that has recently gripped the Japanese imagination. The company was advertising its services at the trade show by displaying photos of the rooms theyd cleaned. But the photos are gruesome to look at, Kojima said. I felt they lacked respect for the deceased and for their …

Dancing at sunrise: life in Mexico’s land of the artists a cartoon

In Aguascalientes, creativity bubbles up like hot water from its springs, says Ernesto Sin Ernesto Sin is a Mexican comic book artist and illustrator who also works in film and videogames. His work can be found on website If youre an illustrator or graphic artist with an idea for cities@theguardian.com Follow Guardian Cities on Facebook and our best stories or sign up for our Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘A race against time’: urban explorers record vanishing Hong Kong

From Bruce Lees mansion to Bauhaus-style Central Market, HK Urbex are documenting the fast-changing citys fading heritage We just had to hop the fence. It was kind of easy, says Ghost, co-founder of HK Urbex, as he explains how the urban explorer group gained access to the former mansion of late martial arts superstar Hong Kong group are quick to distance themselves from people who illegally access rooftops just to take selfies and post them on social media. Once inside Bruce Lees former mansion, HK Urbex took photos and video of the interiors and exteriors to add to the list of more than 100 derelict and demolition-threatened sites they have documented since Ghost and Echo Delta formed the group in …