Nishinari and the way things ought to be

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Tsutenkaku and the moon.

is widely reputed to be the most run-down, crime-ridden, and dangerous part of —and about as close to a slum as you are likely to find anywhere in . This may explain the preponderance of cheap backpacker accommodation in Shinimamiya, the area just south of Shinsekai 新世界 (literally “new world”), where I stayed for a single night last May before returning to . Although I only had a few hours to work with I couldn’t resist wandering around Nishinari to see just how bad it was. I figured it couldn’t be any worse than the , the festering carbuncle of , which I had wandered through on many occasions.