An alley left behind from redevelopment near Sangenjaya Station has been turned into a bar area

Alleyway in Sangenjaya

Shot in Sangenjaya, Tokyo

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I was walking through a crowded area of bars near Sangenjaya station. The name Sangenjaya (literally three teahouses) comes from the fact that there were three teahouses at the junction of two old roads, Oyama Road (now 246) and Noborito Road (now Setagaya Street). Nowadays, the number of bars (not teahouses though) lining the street is far more than three. The alleyways were lined with bars and restaurants. The people who named this area Sangenjaya must have been tempted to change the name to Hyakkendana (literally 100 stores).

There were signboards in front of each of the bars lining the alley. Some of the signboards were placed at the edge of the alley, while others were posted on the eaves of the alley. It was fun to walk through these messy alleys and feel like I was lost in a messy toy box. I don't know where anything is. But it is fun to look for what is there.

I stepped into this alleyway when the sun was still high in the sky. Most of the bars were not open yet. The alley was quiet. As I continued on my way, I saw a bicycle coming from the other side.

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PHOTO DATA

No

9622

Shooting Date

Nov 2015

Posted On

January 19, 2016

Modified On

March 12, 2021

Place

Sangenjaya, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SIGMA DP2 MERRILL

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