Much of this district is Noge-cho 野毛町 (hence the name ‘Noge Joyful’).
The Noge area is connected to Sakuragicho station by Noge-Chikamichi 野毛ちかみち (Noge shortcut).
On the other side of the shortcut is Pio City ぴおシティ, a building with an underground mall of incredible old-ness, a veritable museum of nostalgia:
You need to read the Japanese Wikipedia page for Noge-cho. It’s an interesting area, including:
- Post-war role as a black market area 闇市
- “Jazz de Bon Odori” festival 野毛 ジャズ de 盆踊り (website 1)(website 2)
- Gay Town Noge ゲイ・タウン, home to 30 gay bars the only gay cinema in the greater Tokyo area, Kouonza 横浜光音座 (source)(website)(map).
- Noge Daidogei 野毛大道芸 street performance festival (Japanese)(English); held annually; last held April 23-24, 2016…
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