These changes and the conversion of space uses once again demonstrate the ingenuity of different ethnic groups in the convenience and flexibility of space in the shophouse, a colonial building that can be seen everywhere. James. James Warren's 1993 book Ah Ku and Karayuki-san: Prostitution in Singapore 1870-1940 records the description of suteresu, As early as 1910, an unknown Japanese journalist described the shophouses on Malay Street as follows: "Around nine o'clock, I went to the notorious Malay Street.
The buildings there are all Western-style popular database buildings with blue exterior walls and red gas lamps hanging from the balconies. The lights say things like one, two, three. The number of wicker chairs are lined up under the lights. Hundreds of young Japanese girls sit on the wicker chairs, calling and laughing at the passers-by... They are all wearing eye-catching yukatas." The upper floors of these shophouses are divided into rooms or cubicles, but unlike the Chinese brothels in Chinatown, each Japanese brothel houses fewer prostitutes, so the cubicles are relatively spacious, with an average of six tatami mats. So big.
As a result, the usual use of the shophouse structure is reversed, with the upper floors for business and the ground floor for dormitories, waiting areas or offices. Each floor has a simple communal bathroom, and the kitchen is at the rear of the shophouse. Warren also recounts that brothels would cut down passages downstairs or to the next-door brothel, so that prostitutes could escape quickly if officials suddenly came to check on them.