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The Rakuza District

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The Rakuza District


By special permission from the bakufu, this commercial district enjoys considerably relaxed trade restrictions. Wares find there way here from the world over, as do visitors of all persuasions, with no shortage of amusements and hostelries to keep them entertained and rested in turn.

— In-game description

The Rakuza District is an area in Kugane, Hingashi.


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Bokairo Inn

An inn with sweeping ocean views, famed for the healing properties of its hot springs. The public baths of Hingashi are largely mixed gender, and it is customary to bathe naked. But in a trading hub such as Kugane, where folk of myriad cultures and creeds mingle, one is expected to don not one's nameday suit, but a bathing one instead.

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Bokaisen Hot Springs

These natural hot springs were discovered during the initial construction of Kugane. The proprietor claims that there is naught the "mystical" waters cannot cure, be it burns, cuts, or rashes resulting from impropriety.

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Matsuba Gate

Named for the clan of the first Kugane bugyo, whose estate once lay beyond it, this gate leads to a district that is home to various government officials, as well as the formal residence of the current magistrate.

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Matsuba Square

This plaza, just south of the gate which shares its name, was the site of a battle between Sekiseigumi and insurgents plotting to assassinate the Kugane bugyo. Though Kugane's peacekeepers triumphed in the end, many within and without the city were troubled to hear of violence in the streets.

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Sanjo Hanamachi

Those who desire earthly delights need look no further than this pleasure district. Foreign merchants and dignitaries frequently come to Sanjo Hanamachi to partake of the finest foods while enjoying the company of Kugane's preeminent geiko.

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Sekiseigumi Barracks

An unassuming warehouse serves as a front for the headquarters of Kugane's peacekeeping force. Off-duty Sekiseigumi members are often seen relaxing at he nearby teahouse, and if you tilt your head up, you can take in the unashamedly grandiose main gates of Kugane Castle.