Kodoji Bar, one of the oldest and most famous place of Golden Gai bar area, in Shinjuku district, was established in 1974. Shigeko Ono, the owner, told once “I opened this bar at roughly the same period as CAMP was begun. Lots of CAMP members used to come here to drink, and that was the start of the association with photographers.” In 2002 she began using the walls of the bar as a place to display photos, and at one time Moriyama had an annual exhibition here.
The habits change and there’s more chance you now cross young photographers or tourists here, but maybe the old guy next to you is a japanese photographer legend and you just don’t know.
The bar holds a nice collection of photobooks, some are very rare, but all of them can be consulted (please ask), even in this small smoking-friendly place.
If you want to go there look for the sign shown here, it’s upstairs.
Please don’t share with everyone you know, don’t make it overcrowded, it’s a very small place, respect books and people there.
Kodoji Bar (こどじ)
1 Chome-1-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku
The planning of exhibitions can be found here: