"Rokku" means "the sixth district" in Japanese. The area was the sixth district of Asakusa Park, a park that existed before World War II.
Before the war, this area was known as one of the largest entertainment districts with many theatres.
After WWII, the area became even more popular. More leisure spots, such as movie theatres and an amusement park has opened.
After the period of high economic growth started, people, especially the younger generations' interests shifted towards TVs.
Even though it used to be called "the town that never sleeps", other than horse racing fans gather on the weekends, the area was empty.
About ten years ago, a redevelopment project has been started to bring people back to the Rokku area.
When you step outside of the Engei Hall, you can see Rokku street. On the street poles, there are photos of famous comics who have connections to Asakusa. Except for one pole, it says "reserved."
The said pole is supposed to be for Takeshi Kitano, one of the most famous comedians in Japan, also known for his films all over the world.
There are sets of tables and chairs, several food carts along the main street for you to enjoy food or take a break from the exploring.
There is even a public bath located on the sixth floor of ROX shopping mall. You can recharge your energy there, too.
I happen not to mention until now, however, people visit here because many pubs in Asakusa are open during the day.
So, my plan to explore the Rokku area would be...go to several pubs, then buy a bottle of water at a store before I make my way back home.