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Random Kyoto

Note:  this  —  and all Super Technical photos below —  taken with my phone.

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Earlier today, at 9:15 a.m., I taxi’d with clients to a meeting with Such’n’such Company.  Met until 11:30.  Lunch at that okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) place in Gion at Shi-jo & Nawate-dori.  Then with a few hours til our next, late afternoon meeting, we all walked to Kiyomizu-dera.  In August.  The heat and humidity that makes Kyoto famous put on a show for us.  It was pretty brutal.  We took a taxi back to the hotel.  Another hour to r & r, and clean up, and then we all met in the lobby in the late afternoon to go to our next meeting.  It went well.  After that, dinner with a local professional at a quiet, out of the way restaurant.  A really, really nice dinner.  I’m thinking all business meetings should be done in one’s socks.  The meeting part went pretty well.

These are some photos I took on my earlier morning walk around San-jo, Awataguchi, Gion, and then on the way to and at Kiyomizu-dera.

Furukawa Market. Before business hours. Kyoto. August 1.

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Along the Shirakawa, between San-jo and Gion. Kyoto. August 1.

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Seems more of a Proclamation than a question. San-jo street. Kyoto. August 1.

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Shi-jo street, from Yasaka Shrine. Kyoto. August 1.

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Early morning in Gion, along Shi-jo. Kyoto. August 1.

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Gion, Shirakawa. Kyoto. August 1.

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Mailbox. Gion. Kyoto. August 1.

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Gion. Kyoto. August 1. This one just needs to be in B&W. I've my reasons..

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Gion house. Detail. Kyoto. August 1.

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Prayers to Kamisama. Yasaka-jinja. Kyoto. August 1.

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Lanterns ("chochin"). Yasaka-jinja. Kyoto. August 1.

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Poster. Not a bad J-Pop band. Look 'em up. Kyoto. August 2011.

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People posing. In front of Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto. August 1.

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Nice orchid. Westin Miyako lobby. Kyoto. August 1.

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To Osaka for the day tomorrow.

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Lagniappe.

"Manager's Choice." On the wall at Coffee House. Nawate Street. Kyoto. 2011.

At the very top it just says (restaurant’s) recommendations.

Then, reading downward, it goes from a traditional Kyoto-style cookie, to octopus fritters, to tasty Kyoto frothy tea au lait (with frothy green tea) to tasty Kyoto frothy green tea parfait.  Cool.  Oh, and everything on the menu is available from 5:00 p.m. til 5:00 a.m.

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Featured Gallery: Shapes & Shadows

One of several Virtual Galleries here at LetsJapan.Wordpress.com (please click on the link): Shapes & Shadows.  Earlier today – 2 May 2010 – I added another photo to it, one I took several years ago in Kyoto.  It’s not quite what it may appear to be at first glance.  Nothing particularly tricky to it; it may require a double-take, though.  Please enjoy the entire Gallery, too.

Gion Festival. Kyoto. 2003.

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Gion in July

Gion is Kyoto’s “Geisha District”.  There’s another, older, one — so I’ve been told — now defunct, and one can still see Geisha and Maiko-san (Geisha Novices) aplenty in Ponto-cho, just across the Kamo River, behind where this photo was taken — during one of my early morning strolls around Kyoto.  In it I’m facing east, looking down “Shi-jo Dori” (4th Street) towards one of Japan’s most venerated Shinto Shrines, “Yasaka Jinja”.  Just to the left of me, out of (the picture’s) frame is Nawate Dori (“dori” is one of the words for “street”, by the way).  And just about 60 feet down Nawate Dori on the left, just past “Bali-Bali” (surprisingly, a Balinese restaurant) is “Cafe Terrace”, a favorite little coffee shop.  This was taken in July 2004.  The banners all along the street on the left-hand side proclaim that it’s “Gion Matsuri” (Gion Festival) time, held throughout July, but culminating with a grand parade of huge, multi-storied, wheeled shrines,  since 1533, but whose origins go back to the late 9th Century.

Early Morning.  Gion Matsuri.  July 2004.

Early Morning. Gion Matsuri. July 2004.

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