October 03


Eat A Peach

That’s the name of the tiny bar in Shimo-kitazawa where we ended up last night after listening to Brazilian jazz at Apollo, a slightly larger drinkery where you sip your beer among the musicians as they play.

I think Tokyo should win a prize for the number of businesses operating in spaces the size of a shoebox. Eat A Peach is about 6′ wide and 10′ long. Eight people can fit, if they’re friendly. Because there’s not much room to store everything the bartender might need to mix a drink, sometimes he has to climb through the window at the end of the bar and run upstairs to fetch supplies at Trouble Peach, which is big enough to stock both maraschino cherries AND limes.

If you’d like to visit Shimo-kitazawa the next time you’re in Tokyo, maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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