JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – TOKYO – PISS ALLEY

by Antonio Gil February. 15, 2020 577 views

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Video - Piss Alley-Memory Lane Tokyo

Starting out as an illegal drinking quarter in the late 1940s, this narrow side street quickly became a prime spot for cheap drinks, yakitori and cabaret-style hostess bars. Due to the lack of restroom facilities, patrons would wander off and relieve themselves on the nearby train tracks; it didn’t take long for Piss Alley to earn its name.

In those days, the area provided a social space for local residents who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford such luxuries as meat and alcohol in an impoverished, post-war economy.

The atmosphere remained largely unchanged until 1999 when a fire destroyed most of the restaurants and shops in the alley. Fortunately, the local government decided to rebuild the area exactly as it had been, preserving the ‘old Japan’ vibe that had come to be so cherished. To this day, a visit to Piss Alley feels like stepping back into the Shōwa era.

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Varsha Arun 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Very interesting read...! Which neighbourhood in Tokyo is this located exactly? I wouldn't want to miss it if I visit again...

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Antonio Gil Replied to Varsha Arun 2 weeks, 5 days ago

It's in Shinjuku neighbourhood.

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Varsha Arun Replied to Antonio Gil 2 weeks ago

Cool! Thanks :-D

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Jay Boggess 4 weeks ago

I love these! 
Wonderful variety, colors, perspectives, characters, edits and fun!!!
+1 smile +1

loved the video & fascinating descriptions...

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 3 weeks, 6 days ago

And a great smell too. smile Thanks dear friend

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Hahahahahahah....
Luckily, it wasn't "poop" alley......right????+1

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Ho Kim 1 month ago

What an interesting name it is, Piss alley. I just thought it should have other meaning than 'piss" itself. smile I envy Japan for their preservation of old streets, which is difficult to find here in Korea.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Ho Kim 1 month ago

One of these days I have to visit Korea too. Thanks for the comment my friend

1 month ago Edited
Ho Kim Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month ago

Trip around Korea and China will be very interesting. Try to compare one another. Other two share the same cultural origin, China, but all three are still quite different from each other. smile

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Russell Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

Hmm it is interesting how we (as a society) tend to rename things as locals. I know in the south it is quite common. I bet the food was great :)

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

I didn't eat there because it was almost impossible to have a free chair. But the smell was amazing

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 1 week ago

So glad you explained the information behind the name. Your framing for each photo is excellent. Great post.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 1 week ago

Hello dear friend. Welcome back smile Thanks a lot Camellia

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks...not back yet but could not resist not commenting. Be back soon smile

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Marsha 1 month, 1 week ago

Could look at these photos forever...so much to see!

1 month, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marsha 1 month, 1 week ago

What a beautiful compliment Marsha. Thank you so much

1 month, 1 week ago Edited
Buster Bruce 1 month, 1 week ago

Thank you for these awesome photos and education

1 month, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 1 week ago

Thank you for seeing them my friend

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Benny Law 1 month, 1 week ago

I'm sure the food there must be delicious. I feel so hungry now.

1 month, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 1 week ago

I think so. It was so full it was impossible to get a place.

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 1 week ago

Only in Japan. Love this set.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 1 week ago

The smell coming from those little restaurants was filling the air. Thanks Peter

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Francesc 1 month, 1 week ago

Amazing street work...Happy weekend Antonio!!!

1 month, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 month, 1 week ago

Happy weekend Francesc and thanks for your support

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