Bars, of course, are almost always pleasant places to be, but Japan’s standing bars in particular are more than a little special. Mostly used as pitstops for a very quick bit of food and booze, the resultant flow of customers makes them absolutely perfect for people watching. Then add to that their rough and ready nature, and it’s a match made in a very hazy heaven.
Food and Drink
Seeing people drunk and asleep on the street isn’t all that unusual in Tokyo. In fact, it’s so relatively common that I’ve managed to build up a fair sized series of both men and women publicly sleeping off a very big night out.
Passed out transvestites, on the other hand, are a much rarer breed. So rare in fact that up until recently I’d only ever seen one — this one to be exact.
Now, however, that number has doubled to two.
With Tokyo now unrelentingly hot and humid every single day, the traditional fan can offer a slight respite. Bottles of cold beer, of course, are a much better option. And yet for some, cigarettes, it would seem, are absolutely sensational.
Should you wish to see more shots of this wonderfully photogenic bar, I’ve built up a little series of sorts which is located here.