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Nonbei Yokocho – Shibuya Bar Street

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 5, 2012

Totally hidden behind a couple of tall buildings on the side of Shibuya station, near the street that leads up to Omotesando, there’s a couple of streets called Nonbei Yokocho (のんべい横丁). “Nonbei” (or nonbe) is a slang expression from the Edo period (1603-1868) meaning drunkard or person who loves drinking, so it’s a pretty fitting name for these two streets of tiny little bars and eateries. Weekend nights like this almost every bar is packed, even though this means there’s only 5-10 persons inside. Japanese really love these tiny bars! Like Shinjuku’s Golden Gai or Omoide Yokocho the average age of the patrons is relatively high. This must be a nice place to be a regular! Trying to read up a little on the subject I found this blog with a few interesting drawings of scenes from this street.











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  1. JUURI said, on March 5, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Wondrously narrow and inviting! The stuff of movies. 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks Juuri! This place is actually famous for having been the scene of a well known photo shoot… (^-^;)

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    • Irina Kolak said, on March 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I absolutely agree. Very movie-like.

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  2. Dugutigui said, on March 5, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I love these photos of narrow alleys full of bars … and I would love getting lost in them …

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks for the kind comment Dugutigui! (^-^)/

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  3. Vish said, on March 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

    wow, taking me back, I know this-I remember trying to go to all of them, but only really went to a couple, always packed and so small. but then it was the first time I saw rats in Japan too-and the biggest I have ever seen! a wonder of the world this.

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Wow, I’ve never met anyone who’s been inside. Yes, Shibuya has some massive rats, but I still believe Ueno is the place with the biggest ones…!

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  4. Lili said, on March 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I really like the atmosphere of these little narrow streets :wave:
    Nice pictures as always !
    Have a nice week ahead

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Lili! I will! (^-^)/

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  5. DoF@theinfil said, on March 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Very atmospheric photos, beautifully framed. Many thanks for sharing this info and the lovely photos 😉

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment! (^-^)/

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  6. Slouching Somewhere said, on March 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    what wonderful photos! really love the tiny streets of Tokyo 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks! Hurry up and come back soon! (^-^)/

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  7. Irina Kolak said, on March 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What can I say – very inviting. 🙂 Cheers mate for sharing these. Great inspiration.

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    • tokyobling said, on March 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Thank for the kind comment Irina!

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