A photography Project documenting a hidden world of Jazz

A documentary photo project by Philip Arneill & James Catchpole chronicling Japan's hidden and rapidly disappearing world of jazz bars and 'kissaten' coffee shops.

Philip Arneill is currently a Tokyo-based photographer and educator, working his way gradually back to his native Northern Ireland, in the hope of photographing its post-peace landscape, and all the contrasts and contradictions that it brings with it. He is also interested in the empowerment of instant publishing, editing and feedback that mobile technology and social media sites such as Instagram offer, and photographing musical subcultures among other things. He holds a M.A. Photojournalism & Documentary Photography from the University of Arts London, has had his work published and exhibited in both group and solo shows, and is currently a proud member of Fotovisura's GUILD.


James Catchpole started Tokyo Jazz Site (TJS) in late 2007 as a blog devoted to a simple quest: visit and briefly profile every jazz related establishment in the Greater Tokyo Area. The aim of TJS is to help the lost jazz fan find the best spots in town, no matter where they may be,while also documenting the varied and extensive live jazz scene.  TJS has been featured in publications including the Japan Times, the Asia Wall St. Journal, The Tokyo Journal, BBC Travel, and Smithsonian magazine, and currently has over 100 jazz joint profiles in its directory.