Asahi Breweries is headquartered inside one of Tokyo’s stranger works of architecture. The building is meant to resemble an overflowing mug, with an amber drop of beer splashing down its side… but that drop looks an awful lot like something else. Locals have lovingly nicknamed the Asahi Beer Hall, the “Golden Poo.”
The Golden Poo sets an appropriate tone for Asakusa, a neighborhood to which we instantly warmed. There’s a sense of fun, here, in addition to the history. We spent an entire afternoon exploring Asakusa’s back streets, photographing its people, shops and architecture, and these are some of our best shots.