A Year in an Instant


Day 25

Instant photo for Day 25 of “A Year in an Instant” by Nuno Coelho Santos


Nad and Kate are visiting Tokyo this week, so obviously they knew all the must-see places in town. We followed them. We had dinner. Our task was to show them around Golden Gai.

Here we are again. One of the many filthy corners of Shinjuku, the filthiest part of Tokyo. These narrow alleyways are covered by signs and doors you can peek through to see small groups of people drinking. These doors used to be for rooms of prostitution. Now they became bars as big as a king size bed with space for no more than 3 or 4 slim guests where a single bartender provides his or hers speciality spirits.

Kevin takes us to the Waterfall. This could be a scene in the Casper Noé film Enter the Void. The Waterfall is a bar with a loft, probably one of the most spacious in the block. We get drinks, pass them around, we put our own music on, but we leave soon after because there are too many other bars to pay visit to.

The photo above was taken from the window of the bar Waterfall in Golden Gai.

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