Much is often made of Tokyo’s modernity, along with its early adoption of new technology and trends. But that doesn’t really give a true image of the capital, or at least not a fully rounded one, as the simple act of entering a bar can often lead into a very different kind of environment indeed. Places where time appears to stand still, and any real sense of the fast moving metropolis beyond the four walls simply fades away.
More shots of this older, quieter side of Tokyo, can be seen on my portfolio site, here.
I love this. They looks so …… emotional! 🙂
It was an interesting little place. The fella was much more drunk than emotional!
Gotta love the old tv in the background. I’m very impressed you captured a woman in a kimono on there too! 🙂
Amazing how many TVs like that it’s possibly to still see. As for the kimono on the screen, however, I’d love to say it was planned, but it was pure luck!
Once an Expat says
His glass needs a refill.
It did, and yet it didn’t. He was absolutely wasted. Once that song was over, he promptly staggered out.
This looks like hanging out in someone’s kitchen – can’t get much more homey, or comfortable than that. But then, that’s kinda the local appeal of these joints, isn’t it?
It really does, doesn’t it? And yeah, I couldn’t agree more. The moment we walked in we felt comfortable and relaxed. Like being at home, basically. A feeling that, like you say, obviously appeals to other customers of such places.
The image of Japan in my mind is sleek and minimalist. The clutter in these teeny tiny bars never fails to amaze!
To be honest, despite long since realising that such minimalism has little to do with real life here, the amount of clutter in places like this still amazes me.!