Sunday, 6 May 2012
Malay Street, Singapore
From the late 19th century until the Second World War, the area around Middle Road, Hylam Street and Malay Street in Singapore was also a bustling Japanese enclave known for its brothels of Karayuki-san and traditional shops run by the Japanese immigrants; "its brothel quarter known to every sailorman trading East." (Stan Hugill Sailortown Pg. 292).
The bosun in 'Hotel Room In Chartres' says to the other sailors on the train - “see you in Malay Street”. "They (prostitutes) sat on cushions doing their make-up and gazing forth at passers-by through the barred glassless windows of their "shops". (Stan Hugill Sailortown Pg. 292)