Bubble era disco Maharaja reopens in Kyoto
Jiji -- Sep 22
Maharaja, a popular disco during Japan's bubble economy era in the 1980s, reopened in Kyoto's Gion district this month.

The nightclub aims to attract people who enjoyed the asset-inflated bubble economy, as well as foreign tourists, by making use of Gion's position as the site of a number of sightseeing spots.

In the 1980s and 1990s, there were some 60 Maharaja discos in Japan, with dancing on "otachidai" raised platforms much in vogue with young women.

The flagship Maharaja Gion was known as "the best disco in the East" but shut its doors after the collapse of the bubble economy.

The reopening of the disco was supported by increases in the number of foreign tourists and the reviving popularity of discos among middle-aged people with grown-up children. Maharaja discos have already reopened in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

News source: Jiji
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