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Rukongai
Rukon
Kanji 流魂街
English "Wandering Soul City "
Romaji Rukongai
Location Statistics
Type Residental Area
Located In Soul Society
Ruled By Central 46

The Rukongai (流魂街, literally "Wandering Soul City"), otherwise known as the "Rukon District", is the massive residential area where all souls live in the afterlife.

Overview

Rukongai is divided into 320 districts (80 in North Rukongai, 80 in West Rukongai, et cetera), each numbered in descending order on how far they are from the center; this results in the higher-numbered (and farther) districts decaying into slums. Thus, while District 1 is peaceful and lawful, much like the antiseptic lifestyle of early-Edo Era Kyoto, District 80 is a hardscrabble, violent, crime-infested area that more depicts Heian era Kyoto. The duties of the Gotei 13 Divisions include defending allocated districts of Rukongai. However, which Division is responsible for which district has not been stated. The living standards in Rukongai decline sharply beyond the fiftieth district, with an increase in people wearing rags and no footwear. According to statistics from the last 550 years, no Rukongai resident wears sandals beyond District 59.

Rukongai is full of families that are not related by blood. People die at different times and places, and it is rare for a person to find their real family in the vast Rukongai. When a soul arrives in Soul Society, they are given a ticket according to the time they died and are sent off in different directions. Even if two people were to die together, if they do not receive tickets at the same time, they will not know where the other is.

101 years ago, many souls in Rukongai mysteriously vanished due to the experiments of Sōsuke Aizen. These occurrences continued for about a month before the Shinigami sent Kensei Muguruma and a team from the Ninth Division to investigate. The Visored were Hollowfied in a forest in the west of the 6th ward of the Fugai District on the same night that the 9th Division team arrived to begin their investigation. Tessai Tsukabishi used forbidden Kidō to teleport the Visored back to the lab of Kisuke Urahara in Seireitei in a bid to save them.

When the balance of souls between the Human World and Soul Society is endangered, the Shinigami can request permission to kill citizens in Rukongai in order to restore the balance of souls between the two worlds. When the Vandenreich destroyed a large amount of Hollows, Twelfth Division Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi orders members of his Division to kill 28,000 Rukongai residents without first attaining permission to restore the balance of souls.

Geography

As the Rukongai consists of an immense area, the geography varies greatly. However, much of the climate resembles that of Japan, with mild summers and moderate rainfall. Temperatures drop during the winter, with particularly harsh weather to the far north and west. The more central districts around the Seireitei also receive heavy snow.

To the north there is an expansive forest which is thicker on the border of West Rukongai, and the fringes of a steppe-like environment to the north-east. The west consists of forested mountains and valleys. East Rukongai also has some deciduous forest, but as it lies on a low-land plain there is extensive agriculture in these districts, mainly in the form of cereal crops towards the north and rice in the south where there are more wetlands. South Rukongai has a smaller mountain range than the west and its climate is much more temperate, bordering on the tropical. Rice is cultivated here along with citrus trees.

Additionally, there is a large fresh water lake located in East Rukongai where some of the major rivers that run through the central Rukongai districts are deposited.

Distance is measured in the Soul Society with ri, which is based on the traditional Japanese system of measurement. One ri is roughly equivalent to four kilometers, or two and a half miles.

Economy

The official currency of the Soul Society is kan, and it is paid to Shinigami within the Gotei 13 as salary. However, as one gets further away from the Seireitei trading and bartering becomes the more prevalent market base.

Known Districts

North Rukongai

District # District Name Significant Notes
1Yōkōgoten (洋紅御殿, "Crimson Court")Once a large district bustling with activity, Shigenaga set his sights on the district and within a few years, every single resident had either moved out of their homes or vanished tracelessly. Shortly afterwards, Shigenaga claimed ownership of the entire district and had it razed to the ground, only to later use his substantial wealth and contacts to build himself a large edo-style castle in the center of it all. Surrounded by a massive garden composed almost entirely of roses. Around this massive structure are what amounts to a small village of servants, each having their own home and being expected to serve their master diligently both day and night. The district has gotten it's name due to the crimson walls of the palace itself and the myriad of roses that encircle it, as both are easily spottable from the walls of Seireitei.
2Shirosōbi-en (白薔薇園, lit. "White Rose Garden")A decently sized district centered around a large, almost shrine-like manor. This manor is home to the kitsune Kōu and belonged to his parents before him. The district gets it's name from the white roses that litter every walk way and adorn every home. The manor also sports a garden of said roses nearly half the size of the home itself.
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12Enbun (円墳, "Burial Mound") Enbun is a small district which mainly consists of an expansive open field. Takashi Sakuma often hunts here with his hawk.
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27Kosaka District (小坂町, "Kosaka-machi") A small district that is home to Tōkidō (冬期堂, Wintertime shrine).
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77Oote (大手, "Front Castle Gate")An open field of grass with relatively large forest-like areas surrounding it. Several Senkaimon are known to open randomly within the boundaries of this area, hence its name. It is the place where Tyler Ryūdō and Shiemi Makinami fought against Kaisei Ryūren.
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79Kusajishi (草鹿, "Grass Deer")Yachiru Kusajishi was found and named after here by Kenpachi Zaraki.
80Zaraki (更木, "New Tree")Captain Kenpachi Zaraki originated from here.

East Rukongai

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9Minbōku (民望区, "Hopes of the People")A quiet district known for its benevolent citizens. Ichimaru Fuyutama was recruited from this district.
10Kokaji (小鍛, "Small Forge") This district was named in commemoration of En Kokaji in an attempt to propagandize her revolutionary actions and thus paint the Gotei 13 in a more positive light. The district is well known for its beautiful and ancient elm trees, which were the symbol of Kokaji's revolution.
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12Nikkō (日光, "Sunlight") This is a fast-paced market hub district with many commercial wards along with extensive apartment housing and several notable gambling establishments. The Emerald Lotus Teahouse is located here, along with the upscale Nikkō central market plaza.
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19Fugai (郛外, "Outside the Earthwork")The Visored were experimented on in the forest by Sōsuke Aizen.
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27Sakae District (栄町, Sakae-machi) A small district that is home to Kajidō (夏時堂, Summertime shrine).
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38Konpekikugi (紺碧釘, Azure Nail) A District known for its large crop fields and commercial wards.
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44Akiradan (明幹, "Bright Stem")This is where the Sun Warrior Temple is located, surrounded by a village that views them as their protectors.
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49Hijōhyō (非情豹, "Savage Panther")Many underground fights occur here as well as other illegal gambling activity.
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60Bankawa (盤川, "Shallow River Plate") A sizeable farming district with a major river passing through it. Onésime once murdered several farmers here.
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64Sabitsura (錆面, "Rusted Face")Ikkaku Madarame and Yumichika Ayasegawa lead an investigation into the disappearance of villagers from this area.
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68Shizaru (静猿, "Serene Monkey")Seireitou Kawahiru, Master of the Senjukuha, has often visited this region for training or other personal matters.
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73Kabuki (歌舞伎, "Avant-Garde")Senjukuha is located here. One of the Four Heavenly Kings, Hisaya Urogataya, is known to reside here.
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80Yoshida (吉田, "Lucky Ricefield")Seireitou Kawahiru was found here by Shōyō. Kirio Hikifune grows her grain and vegetable ingredients here.

West Rukongai

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1Junrinan (潤林安, "Lush Forest Peace")Tōshirō Hitsugaya, Momo Hinamori, Jidanbō Ikkanzaka are all from here.
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7Yoku (区夜, "Evening Section") A large district controled by Shigenaga Arma. Business-wise, it's a district consisting of an inordinate amount of nighttime entertaintment. Running the full gamut of brothels, underground fighting arenas and gambling hubs. Most of it's residents are employed in any of these enterprises. To ensure maximum profit, Shigenaga has ensured that there's little to no crime there.
8Gozenku (午前夜, "Morning Section") Yet another district owned by Shigenaga. The Gozenku district is denoted as such due to it's great variance of cafes, restaurants and other shops. Many of noble backgrounds visit this district in the early mornings, having their tea and breakfast. Because of this, Shigenaga often frequents this district himself, looking to bond with prospective customers and powerful families.
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21Akiyama (秋山, "Autumn Mountain")Takashi Sakuma was born and learned Zanjutsu here. The district is famous for its Soba.
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27Tsurui (鶴居村町, "Tsurui-murachō")Known primarily for the sale, preparation, and drinking of matcha in tea ceremonies.
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56Shūei (秋影, "Autumn Shade")This district served as the traditional landholdings of the Sakuma Family. It is a mountainous district known for its maple trees.
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80 Kuroari (黒蟻, "Black Ant") A district bustling with all kinds of criminals, being the center of most illegal activities in the Rukon districts. Shigenaga Arma keeps most of his warehouses in this area, and it's also the location of the black market. A massive underground ensemble where objects from all planes can be bought and sold. Whether that be slaves, exotic artifacts or weapons of mass destruction. Despite being a hub for criminals and lawbreakers, most are much too terrified of the crime lords ruling the district to make any trouble, making this essentially a "safe-zone" for any residents. The most influential men and women of the Soul Society underworld regularly meet here to convene and divide territories.

South Rukongai

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27Yoshimi District (吉見町, Yoshimi-machi) A small town and home to Akimadō (秋間堂, Autumntime shrine).
28Kagehara District (影原, Kagehara-machi)The town where Ishihara Yamakage was born, his mother still resides here.
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45RyūmyakuThe district is said to be the toughest out of all the districts. It's considered extremely dangerous to walk outside granted the ominous darkness that plagues the district. That is if one is without a blade. Here they worship the Shinusagi, a rabbit god said to be made from the reiatsu of the Soul King himself. Ninigi Yoshida, a young male, has faced every bit of threat in the district...
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47Hongoku (本石, "Origin Stone") This district is mountainous with natural caves of Sekkiseki which fall under the jurisdiction of the Kasumiōji Clan.
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60Takeha (竹葉, "Bamboo Leaves") This is the base of operations for the Takeha-kai, a ruthless gang that was once led by Hein Ueda.
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78Inuzuri (戌吊, "Howling/Hanging Dog")Hisana Kuchiki and Rukia Kuchiki were sent here when they died. Both Rukia and Renji Abarai grew up here.
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80Kenshiko (剣歯虎)Ruled by the Kenshiko Clan, from which the district has its name derived. Eighth Division captain Izari Kenshiko originates from here.

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