Studio 35 Minutes

  • Art
  • Araiyakushi-mae
Studio 35 Minutes
Studio 35 Minutes

Time Out Says

When photographer Kota Sake took possession of a closed-down photo-developing shop, he retained the original sign advertising the speed of its service, thus giving a name to this combined ‘night gallery’ and bar, a short walk north of central Nakano. Sake-san (rather brilliantly for a bar owner, his surname uses the same Chinese character as Japan’s most famous alcoholic drink) initially intended to simply hang his own work on the walls, but laying on drinks for visiting friends led to the space evolving into a compact but fully-fledged gallery complete with a counter bar. With its focus on photography, 35 Minutes hosts exhibitions from emerging local photographers to influential filmmaker-photographers like Jonas Mekas. At the bar, sake, spirits and beer are complemented by simple Japanese food such as oden.


5-47-8 Kamitakada, Nakano-ku
Araiyakushimae Station (Seibu Shinjuku line)
Opening hours:
6pm-11pm, closed Sun, Mon & Tue
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