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A few of his friends have been allowed to accomplish their tasks in Edo, yet Kawamura used to be obliged to visit Niigata in individual, taking alongside his spouse, his young children, and approximately 80 retainers. those numbers may need appeared over the top, due to the fact that Nagaoka had administered the town with magistrates and a few dozen males. yet Kawamura, who had by no means assumed a place of such significance, should have been daunted from family to marketplace . one hundred twenty five by his new put up. In Niigata, he will be answerable for getting ready the naval safety of the northern Japan beach, in addition to controlling smuggling, stabilizing costs, bringing criminals to judgment, and, after all, rectifying the city’s manners and customs. forty four A lifelong Edoite, Kawamura was once strange with Echigo. He had merely traveled to the zone as soon as, on a challenge to bring together a mystery document on smuggling in Niigata. fortunately, outgoing Nagaoka officers had ready a record explaining quite a few neighborhood customs. It specific different forms of prostitution in Niigata, together with the brothels in Teramachi and Furumachi, the geisha all through city, the road walkers in again alleys, and the goke. knowing the Justice of the Peace will possibly not comprehend the importance of this final time period, the area experts incorporated an evidence: they're ladies who've lower back from provider in different provinces, or who have been set free of carrier right here, or who misplaced their husbands at an early age and fell upon challenging occasions. those girls, who've no kin and no technique of aid, paintings clandestinely, in order that they gown and comport themselves a lot as nonprofessional ladies do, and so they attempt to not allure consciousness whilst soliciting. forty five This description, which minimized the goke’s actions, was once most probably meant to prevent developing the (accurate) influence that Nagaoka had didn't control the intercourse alternate in its most crucial urban. If the goke have been fairly widows or in a different way with none technique of aid, then letting them solicit may be framed as an act of benevolence, instead of an abdication of accountability. but within the context of the Tenpo¯ reforms, this broad accounting of Niigata’s prostitutes was once alarming. If Kawamura needed to stick to Mizuno Tadakuni’s instance and close down clandestine prostitution, his activity will be approximately very unlikely: by way of the shogunate ’s criteria, each prostitute in Niigata used to be operating illegally. Kawamura well-known the scope of the matter, and his diary of his first yr in place of work notes numerous conferences with subordinates within which he mentioned limiting the intercourse alternate. forty six He even despatched a letter to the harbor Justice of the Peace in Uraga, one other shogunal port city, inquiring approximately his method of the difficulty. The harbor Justice of the Peace defined a state of affairs very like the only Kawamura encountered in Niigata, explaining that during the period ahead of his tenure, neighborhood officers had refused to manage prostitution. encouraged by way of the reforms, despite the fact that, the hot Justice of the Peace required prostitutes to abide by way of strict sumptuary laws and compelled the brothels to restrict the variety of girls they hired.