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Photo Journal: Blast from the past

Maiko dancers join in the celebrations for the reopening of the Maharaja Gion night club in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward on the evening of Sept. 13, 2017. What was once called "the best oriental disco" opened during Japan's bubble economy in 1986, part of a national disco chain famous for its "dress code," which didn't allow jeans and T-shirts. Its doors closed in 1996, but recently, with discos regaining popularity among middle aged consumers, Maharaja has reopened locations in Tokyo and Nagoya. The Gion location's first night in 20 years was a gathering of bubble-era men and women, but the club plans to have a ninja show and other events to also draw in foreign tourists. The club is open Wednesday through Saturday with an admission fee of 3,000 yen for men and 2,500 for women. (Mainichi)

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