Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, or ‘Memory Lane as it is known, with it’s cramped bars and restaurants gives you a view into post war Japan.    The alley was rebuilt in 1999 after a fire burned everything to the ground but they managed to bring it back the grease, grime and feel of old world Tokyo.   A lot of foreigners refer to this place as Yakitori Alley due to the vast number of Yakitori restaurants that line the narrow alleys.   There are also motsu-nabe and hormone-yaki (offal stew and organ meats…yum!).   A lot of Japanese refer to this place as ‘Shonben Yokocho’ or Piss Alley, as there were no restrooms prior to the rebuilding.   It is located just a short walk from Shinjuku’s West Exit.  It’s great for Yakitori as I pass on the other menu items…and excellent for photography.

This place is packed with little tiny stalls like this…

It’s great for shooting bokeh…

I have been spending a lot of time ‘working’ my shots lately to see if I like it with or without something in it…

With or without…

I have also been spending time working on where the focus point is in an image…

I love shooting in Shinjuku… so many choices.

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