There are certainly nicer places to enjoy a well-earned break, but in an often ludicrously busy city, this alleyway does offer something of a respite — at least from most people.
A scene from the past with several clear hints at the present.
Inside Tokyo’s fantastically ramshackle Tsukiji fish market, each stall has an office to deal with the business side of the very busy fish business; the vast majority of which are small, basic affairs like this one I photographed last year. But when it comes to the tiniest, this box definitely takes some beating.
Four years or so ago I photographed the retro entrance to the peep show club featured below. Partly it was for posterity, as the red light district it’s a part of is rapidly disappearing, and partly it was because the sign is just so wonderfully saucy. But saucy in a seaside postcard sort of way, or in the bawdy but inoffensive fun of the Carry On films. An element that makes it something of a rarity theses days — especially so in the area it’s situated in.
Despite my fears of demolition, however, it happily still exists. So to celebrate its continued survival, and its almost landmark-like status, here’s another photo. This time in colour, which definitely has a different feel from the monochrome version of 2013.