Many of my recent photos lack humans - perhaps odd for an anthropologist. I wonder if I am too worried/concerned with the ethical issues of capturing people in the act. Privacy is a big concern in Japan these days. Can one still do visual anthropology without photographing people? Material culture is still culture... And people can still appear in photos without being identified (either through intentional framing or poor quality...). Question: Do these photos of my favorite watering hole DO anything for you? While I am partial to this particular shop, its master and workers, its customers and food, I believe the setting to be fairly typical. One can find such an izakaya in most (urban) places in Japan. Do you see what I see when you are at such a place? Do you want to see more customers (people)?