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- n. A boy after early childhood but before his coming-of-age ceremony (archaic)
- n. A role in kabuki traditionally played by a boy of this age category
- n. The soldiers of the oyabun, they perform the tasks that the oyabun gives them without hesitation. (From the Japanese Yakuza hierarchy)
Although there are many literary and artistic representations dating from the Edo period 1603-1857 which describe sexual acts which took place between men using terms such as danshoku and wakashu, at that time participating in such acts did not designate a specific type of person and so these records cannot be read as part of the history of ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual’ men.
Skilled hands of maids and youths (_wakashu [u] - kozo [u] _) employed in the house were fast packing these latter into convenient parcels.
The _banto [u] _ and one of the _wakashu [u] _ (young men employes) grasped the arms of Cho [u] bei.
It was just this time last year that a _wakashu [u] _ (attendant) named Tokuzo fell in love with a woman named Kotsu no Wakataké.
Strong hands seized him as he rolled over and over to the edge of the platform, to land in the arms of the enthusiastic _wakashu [u] _.
_Mikawaya_ -- "That Tokuzo, as the _wakashu [u] _ was called, when sent to the town hall was dressed in the thin grey cotton robe given as present to him by an _oiran_.