Friday Fictioneers: Morning Wood In Piss Alley

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.


Morning Wood In Piss Alley

To calm my nerves before meeting her parents, Sae took me to Asadachi restaurant in Omoide Yokocho in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. We drank, ate, and drank until my nerves were as dull as Ben Stein, “Bueller? Bueller?…”

Sae detailed our adventure in Japanese. Laughter erupted.  Noting my confusion, Sae’s father explained that while Omoide Yokocho translates as “memory alley,” it’s famously known as “Piss Alley.” Asadachi translates as “morning wood,” and the “stamina food” we ate consisted of raw frog, horse penis, pig testicles, and grilled salamander.

They expected Sae to be pregnant by morning. I expected to vomit.


This is not a picture of Piss Alley, but in trying to figure out where it was to have a setting for my story, I did an image search, which brought up Piss Alley. Piss Alley, morning wood, pig testicles, Penis Festival… I can work with that.

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      1. Cow tongue is good, clean muscle. Grasshoppers… why not-locusts would be more efficient, I suppose. 🙂 I’d draw a line on larvae though… ugh

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      2. I enjoyed cow tongue. I used to get taco de lengua often. Grasshoppers had a strong bitter taste. No bueno. I don’t know about locusts. I’d guess they’d be similar.

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    1. Thank you. I got a little lost in the research. It was interesting on many levels. I would have to pass on the meal as well. There’s also a chicken dish that’s popular there. It wasn’t as funny though.

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      1. Yes, mine too. You beginning clicking interesting links and following clues and then spot something else of interest and an hour later your research into Chinese tea leads to you looking sea monsters in the Atlantic ocean lol

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  1. Nice that your MC has a girlfriend with a sense of humour! You’re right, too; the picture is very reminiscent of Piss Alley; Piss Alley is a bit narrower and a lot more untidy and – dare I say it – dirty…

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  2. I once ate from a vendor’s cart where we were unable to communicate with each other. The ingredients were unknown and I didn’t want to guess but it was fairly delicious. But I’d give the ‘stamina’ food a miss I think.

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