Shinjuku Ni-Chome, one stop east of Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi subway line, is Tokyo's gay nexus.
The latest news from Ni-Chome is the advent of the Alamas Cafe, a "DJ cafe" on the main drag of the district, Naka-dori Avenue. It is affiliated with the gay club, Arch, also in Shinjuku Ni-Chome.
As the subtitle suggests, it has a DJ booth fully visible from the street (at the right of the photo [see left]).
The Alamas is subtley lit, restfully decorated, and, compared with Advocates just a couple of blocks away, has a nice chilled vibe. It opened just last month: in July 2008.
I was there this evening - a little early for things to be jumping yet, and, being summer, perhaps a little too hot.
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Friday, August 08, 2008