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The alleys of Tokyo’s neighborhoods hold a strange fascination for me. Many are pathways that cut between homes and buildings. Exploring them sometimes feels like navigating a grungy labyrinth of tiny, narrow paths surrounded by concrete and brick walls on either side.

The shots below are primarily from residential neighborhoods in Tokyo’s Taito and Bunkyo wards. While these passages may be relatively new when measured against Japan’s long history, they undoubtedly carry many long-forgotten stories.

I must confess to feeling awkward when shooting so close to people’s living quarters — often only feet away from where they spend intimate moments. Thus, I am always careful to leave out (or later edit out) details that might compromise their privacy.

In any case, if you’re even half as nosey as me, perhaps you may enjoy perusing these photos.

December 01, 2021