During the day merchants from nearby Kabukichō come to this Shintō shrine to pray for the solvency of their business ventures. At night,...
Tokyo’s most notorious red-light district, which covers several blocks north of Yasukuni-dōri, was famously named for a kabuki theatre...
Bars here usually have a theme – from punk rock to photography – to draw customers with matching expertise and obsessions. Since regular...
The house speciality at this atmospheric noodle joint, up a treacherous stairway in Golden Gai, is niboshi rāmen (egg noodles in a...
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This warren of tiny alleys began as a black market following WWII. The narrow two-storey wooden buildings remain the same, though they’re now filled with over a hundred closet-sized bars. Each is as unique as the ‘master’ or ‘mama’ who runs it. That this prime real estate has so far resisted redevelopment is a credit to these stubbornly bohemian characters.