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Why is it called Piss Alley?

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Why is it called Piss Alley?

Does anyone know why it is called Piss Alley even though its a cool alleyway filled with BBQ bars?

I randomly passed by this place as seen in my video below. I don't know Japanese so I couldn't read the sign in front of the alley way. The place doesn't smell any thing like piss. Didn't know till a friend told me.


Tokyo, Japan
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1. Re: Why is it called Piss Alley?

The formal name is Omoide Yokocho, or Nostalgia Alley.

It has its roots in the black market which sprang up in post-war Japan in the late 1940s. It was known as Piss Alley, probably as back in the old days at makeshift black market tent bars, there were no proper toilets, and drunken people just pissed around. Otherwise, perhaps because beer sold there was low quality.

Powell River, Canada
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2. Re: Why is it called Piss Alley?

Think about it...abundant beer, net result?

3. Re: Why is it called Piss Alley?

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