Cafe Offers Entertainment in Day Laborers' Area in Tokyo

Society

Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--A woman has opened a cafe to screen classic movies for former day workers in Tokyo's Sanya, which was a quarter for such laborers during Japan's high economic growth period decades ago.

The cafe, Namidabashi Hall, was launched in February by Yumiko Tada, a photographer born to parents who ran a restaurant in Sanya in Taito Ward. The cafe is five minutes' walk from Minami-Senju Station of East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East.

Just after World War II, Sanya was a tent village for those who had lost homes. Later, a number of cheap lodgings for day laborers were built there.

At the peak, Sanya and the neighboring area in the capital's Arakawa Ward had a total of 222 such lodgings, where some 15,000 people are believed to have lived.

Sanya is also known as the place where "Ashita no Joe" (Tomorrow's Joe), a popular Japanese boxing manga, is set.

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