I like to take pictures of alleys. In some cities they are nasty but in some, they are byways into in-between places. Spaces where you can see the busy-ness of other people going to other places.
Hidden away from the glittery lights of Shinjuku is a warren of bars and pubs called Golden Gai. Like Omoide Yokocho the bars are tiny, eclectic and cater to only a handful of customers. Walking through the narrow alleys, it feels like old noir Tokyo – dark, moody, a little seedy and very mysterious.
Here are a few peeks into doorways and staircases …
… and always intriguing are the glimpses of people hidden in bars.
Tokyo, Japan. July 2017