Shinjuku Story Volume 1: Soft-cover, 9" x 6", 76 pages color photography book with text. Limited signed edition of 100. Flat shipping fee, available only within the United States. For international shipping, please contact info(at)kazsenju.com
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Shinjuku is one of the busiest neighborhoods in the world. 3.4 million people travel through Shinjuku station every day. Shinjuku Ni-Chome or second district of Shinjuku, has the highest concentration of gay and lesbian bars of any city in the world, with an estimated 350 bars in one city block, providing for every different kind of taste. “Shinjuku Story” is a result of interviewing gay and lesbian bar owners and bar- tenders over the past three years. Bars in Shinjuku Ni Chome are like living rooms, though often even smaller than those you’d find in homes in the United States. Many of them are smaller than 40 sq feet, the size of a walk-in closet, and seat only four to ten people. Each bar has a different clientele, some have a specific theme, or serve a particular sexual fetish, but all of them have bar owners who are called “Momma”, and who are the center of bar. The “Momma” greets new comers, keeps the conversation moving, decides on music and entertainment, and connects the people in the bar. The Momma sets the stage for us, and then all of us entertain each other on that stage. Bars in Shinjuku are also secret living rooms where we can share our stories, where everyone can be who they want to be.