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Memory Lane for great yakitori in West Shinjuku

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Omoide Yokochō

Omoide Yokochō

Omoide Yokocho (or Memory Lane) is an old neighborhood of small yakitori joints that harkens back to days long past. It is located within the neon-lit skyscrapers of West Shinjuku.  Adjacent to the Uniqlo store near the Lumine Department Store, Omoide Yokocho’s days are numbered as it is beyond its shelf-life.  The area is ramshackle and its only of matter of time before it is torn down in the name of progress.  The option is to rehabilitate the area however no one except for some of the tenants is in favor of this.  Some of the Yakitori is quite good as the numbers of patrons indicate.

This area dates back to the US Occupation post World War II and has always been a favorite for good relatively well-priced food.

All photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor AFS 24mm f/.4 lens.

Crowded and friendly.

Crowded and friendly.

Red lanterns everywhere.

Red lanterns everywhere.

Tight confines.

Tight confines.

Another joint.

Another joint.


Written by leolaksi

May 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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  1. nice shots!


    May 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    • and the food was great.


      May 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      • YES!
        I’ve spent a couple of months in Thailand, over several trips, I’m still convinced it’s the greatest food in the world!! ^_^


        May 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      • i agree with you. The width and breadth of Thai food is so great that there is always something to please everyone.


        May 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  2. Oops! I just realized these were taken in Japan (I think..) haha
    I was confused by the title of the blog…


    May 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    • Trip outside of Thailand are the “and back” part of the title:)




      May 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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