The Dock Road in Kobe, Japan, in 1952. No pavements, no traffic, a trishaw plying for hire, lots of bars and tiny shops.

The young lady in the lower picture was seeking to persuade a passing Jack to tarry a while in the bar behind her. She would be an ould Granny by now.

At least up to 1949 we were not allowed to visit Japanese bars, presumably because the post war 'no fraternisation' laws were still in force. We did, of course, but if any of General MacArthur's 'Snowdrops' (Military Police) called in we would have to leave.

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