1. says

    Once again, excellent! Lucky for you there is no risk of running out of new grubby, dirty and friendly places to photograph.BTW, love the eye contact with the one guy!
    My wife now says: “Let’s find a Showa place to eat” in a sort of nostalgic way.

    • says

      Thank you! The eye contact with the fella really makes it for me. The bar itself is wonderfully timeless, but his stare is what really made me happy with it.

      I know I’ve said it countless times, but they really are wonderfully places, aren’t they? So much so that their modern day counterparts invariably seem terribly dull and characterless…

  2. Coli says

    Great picture. I like how you’ve captured the shochu or water being poured into the glass. Like it’s standing still. and I’ve gotta agree with the previous comment. Makes me want to go out drinking this very moment.

    • says


      Lovely little moment, isn’t it? I presume its shochu as the two men are very intently watching it being poured. And yes, it definitely does make one want a drink — immediately!

  3. Matt Talbot says

    The interplay of light and shadow in your photo is sublime Lee. It’s a fine example of the atmosphere that only a black and white photo can convey. Your work just seems to get better and better. In other news: DRINK!

    • says

      Thank you very much. That’s very kind of you.

      I’ve been on a bit of a colour kick of late, but yeah, I totally agree with you about black and white. The atmosphere it can produce is a wondrous thing.

      So let’s drink to that!

  4. LAObserver says

    Lee what I am noticing in your photos, is the increasing number of persons with tattoos. I don’t think your photojournalism intended it, but you are documenting a sort of trend in Nippon.

    • says

      Yeah, apart from the odd photo, it’s definitely not been a conscious decision. There has definitely been a noticeable increase in visible tattoos over the last few years, so it’s good to knows that this trend is represented in my photos.

  5. says

    Wow, I really like your photography. This one particularly has a “Showa nostalgia” feeling. I recently came across that concept after watching the Shinya Shokudo TV series and since then I wish to see more of these places in the future. Do you have any suggestions of where to go in Tokyo?

    • says


      Tough to choose a particular area, as little places like this can be found all over the city. Choose a station. Have a good wander about. And very likely you’ll find somewhere.

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