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This is Nihon Saisei Sakaba, a 1950s or Postwar retro standing bar which in Japanese are called "tachinomiya", or literally standing drink bar. This bar is part of a chain with branches mostly in Tokyo and one in Nagoya. The main fare here is various grilled pork and beef, as well as some tofu and vegetables dishes. But the main purpose of standing bars is drinking; so draft beer, sake and shochu (Japanese style vodka) are the focal point of the menu. In the past few years there's been a boom in tachinomiya that are popping up in all sorts of venues and neighborhoods throughout Japanese cities. These are inexpensive bars which are light on the pocketbook and have traditionally been the domain of salarymen. But now tachinomiya are becoming the domain of Japan's urban cool. Photo taken Oct. 1, 2009 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo...Address of Nihon Saisei Sakaba:..3-7-3 Shinjuku .Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022.Tel: 03-3354-4829.Web (Japanese only): www.ishii-world.jp/brand/motsu/nihonsaisei/shinjuku3/...
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