JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – TOKYO – PISS ALLEY

by Antonio Gil February. 15, 2020 1267 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 1 year, 6 months 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 1 year, 6 months ago

It's in Shinjuku neighbourhood.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Varsha Arun Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Cool! Thanks :-D

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months 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 1 year, 6 months ago

And a great smell too. smile Thanks dear friend

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

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

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Ho Kim 1 year, 6 months 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.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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Ho Kim Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months 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 year, 7 months 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 year, 7 months 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 year, 7 months ago

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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

Hello dear friend. Welcome back smile Thanks a lot Camellia

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 1 year, 7 months ago

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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marsha 1 year, 7 months ago

What a beautiful compliment Marsha. Thank you so much

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you for these awesome photos and education

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you for seeing them my friend

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Benny Law 1 year, 7 months ago

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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 7 months ago

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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months ago

Only in Japan. Love this set.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months ago

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

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Francesc 1 year, 7 months ago

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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 7 months ago

Happy weekend Francesc and thanks for your support

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