Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Omoide Yokocho, or Piss Alley, Shinjuku, Tokyo

At the foot of the skyscrapers in West Shinjuku, there is a narrow street named Omoide Yokocho, or "Memory Alley", along which tiny restaurants and bars stand side by side. It is also called Shomben Yokocho, which means "Piss Alley".

Many years ago, when the street was serving as a black market after World War 2, there were no bathrooms there. People were forced to piss in the street. The name "Piss Alley" may have originated from this time period, however, times have changed. A lot of reasonable restaurants and bars were built there, also public lavatories.

Nowadays it is a middle-aged men's oasis. They enjoy eating and drinking without having to worry about where to piss.

Omoide Yokocho, or Piss Alley, Shinjuku, Tokyo [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on May 14th, 2012

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