Photographs from a small group of islands
Jun 03 2016 10 Comments
6/3/2016 at 5:41 pm
Looks very cozy. But men only…..?
6/3/2016 at 7:39 pm
On that evening, it certainly seemed that way. Happy to say though that I have seen women in there. Or perhaps more accurately, I’ve seen the occasional woman in there now and again…
6/4/2016 at 12:56 pm
This is Sasamoto in Omoide Yokocho. The best beef and pork skewers in Japan! We visit this lovely gentleman everytime we are in Japan. Women are definitely welcome!
6/4/2016 at 1:56 pm
Never actually been in ‘cos it’s always jam packed when I pass. Clearly a sign of his top notch food which is good to know.
Also good to see him doing well, as that means he’ll remain in business. Doubly important with the alleyway in real danger of changing and becoming a much more touristy version of its former self.
6/5/2016 at 12:25 am
A scene crammed with character and atmosphere. I always feel compelled to make rough mental sketches of the lives of each face. From the off duty cop facing you, to the trendy university professor with his blond hair halfway along.
That narrow, almost covered alley is so full of tiny bars and eateries. It’s amazing what I can discover vicariously through your photograph and Adams comment. We walked past the north end of the alley a couple of times. My wife bought a pair of shoes a few doors along. Just shows how blind you can be even when you think you have an eye for it.
And so another locale is added to our list of places to visit next time.
What’s more we can walk within 20ft of it from the hotel in the Shinjuku tunnel system. Enter C8, exit D3. I love those tunnels 🙂
6/5/2016 at 11:23 am
Yes, there are a lot of different lives in that little bar. Lives we can only speculate upon, but that’s often much more fun.
Excellent. You’ll definitely enjoy it there. My advice would be to avoid those at the top, and try out any that take your fancy around the middle. And if it’s lunch you are after, there’s a place near the bottom that you can also access form the street running parallel with the alleyway. Always busy but plenty of seating.
6/6/2016 at 12:29 am
I know people who don’t care for Omoide Yokocho but I’ve enjoyed my visits there. Thus far, have always ventured on my own — and even though I’m female, have not felt unwelcome. In fact, I reckon that the folks at Kabuto (the eel specialist place)’re among the friendliest I’ve ever encountered in Japan. 🙂
6/6/2016 at 7:41 am
Excellent. Very good to hear.
The city’s older and smaller places are certainly some of the friendliest places I’ve ever been. Almost always an evening to remember.
7/4/2016 at 1:16 pm
have followed you for years. Can you suggest other similar sites? Nihono food etc? Cheers
7/5/2016 at 11:41 am
Thank you. And good to hear from you.
Hmm, that’s a tricky question. I pretty much just do my own thing and don’t really follow many personal sites — mostly news and general photography stuff are what I read. I get a lot of news/info from Twitter too, rather than specific sites.
Sorry about that…
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