Photo/IllutrationApprentice geisha dance at Maharaja on Sept. 13. The disco reopened in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward about 20 years after it was closed down. (Taku Hosokawa)

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KYOTO--It was the king of clubs during Japan’s asset-inflated boom years of the 1980s and 1990s, and now legendary disco Maharaja is back in Kyoto’s Gion district after reopening on Sept. 13.

The revived nightclub may be set to relive its glory days, but rather than numerous shimmering mirror balls, it now boasts a cooler, more understated, black interior.

Despite the change in decor, one thing remains the same: the disco’s famed “otachi-dai” podium is still there for party-goers who want to stand out in the crowd.

Some who harbor nostalgia for the disco era were delighted by Maharaja’s revival.

“I am so happy it has reopened when I am able to take more time off from raising children,” said a 46-year-old woman from Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, who was visiting with friends.

The venue also offered a performance by “maiko” apprentice geisha, in an attempt to woo the foreign tourists who inundate the city.