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The traditional Japan embraced sexual delights and men were not constrained to be faithful to their wives. The ideal wife was a modest mother and manager of the home;
by Confucian custom, love had secondary importance.
For sexual enjoyment and romantic attachment, men did not go to their wives, but to courtesans.

Walled-in pleasure quarters known as yūkaku (遊廓、遊郭) were built in the 16th century, and in 1617 the shogunate designated "pleasure quarters".

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