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Tokyo - Piss Alley (AKA Yakitori Alley) - Shinjuku

The name Piss Alley is a reference to a time in its history when it (allegedly) was a popular spot for the shadier element to drink quite a bit. The urban legend (one of many) is that because it was such a popular drinking spot, people would relieve themselves in the alley itself. And so it was coined Piss Alley.

In truth, you are not likely to find people relieving themselves in the alley in its present incarnation.

But names seem to stick - especially names that conjure up colorful narratives.

(earlier this year)

(at Memory Lane (aka Piss Alley, Tokyo))

(via nythroughthelens)