Posts Tagged ‘ Kamo River ’

_Dancing Over Kyoto_ – A new, just published Ebook.

Friends and followers of this site know that this has been a work-in-progress for some time. A love letter, tribute, homage and tragicomedy.  Link to the Amazon purchase site below.


Available at  Dancing Over Kyoto:  A Memoir of Japan, China & India.


End-of-September Reprise(s)


Kinosaki, or thereabouts. October 2001.

Here are 5 Front Page favorites from the past few months I want to highlight for the next several days.  Then I plan to get on with our “October Schedule.”  That will include a re-post of an Autumn favorite, an homage to all sorts of Food, ducking into a small Shinto Shrine I happened upon in Kyoto about 6 or 7 weeks ago (one that I’d passed by hundreds of times over the years; one that, to my shame, I never took the time to notice before), a trip to Kodai-ji Temple at night, and, of course, an updated Halloween-in-Japan Extravaganza.

But first, as our teachers used to say, let’s review:

1.  SIGNS.  Upon returning from Japan (business trip) last month I very much updated a post from last year.

2. KYOTO. WHERE THE RIVERS MEET.  The Kamo & the Takano. . .

Han-Eri Stencil for Kimono. Meiji or Taisho Era. A friend's gift. August 2011.

3.  KURAMA.  A pretty, quiet and historic little mountain town, just north of Kyoto.


Inn entrance near Yasaka Shrine. Kyoto. Autumn 2003.

5.  ICHI-GO ICHI-E  ・ 一期一会.  One moment, One meeting.  Savoring what will not come again.

Priests at Kurodani Temple. November 2009.


Additional:  I updated the photo gallery / essay “Shapes & Shadows,” too.

Where the Rivers Meet. . . The Kamo & Takano.

Several rivers flow through Kyoto.  The most famous is the Kamo River (or Kamogawa — “gawa” or “kawa” means river in Japanese).  In English that would be the “Duck River.”  The Kamogawa flows north-to-south through Kyoto.  In the spring, summer and fall restaurants along the Kamogawa’s west bank — mostly from about Ni-jo Street down to Shi-jo Street, and a little below that — put up platforms, “yuka,” for patrons to dine on and watch the river and people down on the riverbanks.  I posted just about that here:  Yuka Season.

This is about where the Kamo and Takano Rivers meet, though.  They meet several city blocks north of Ni-jo street, just above Imadegawa Street.  Check out this map, from a Keihan Line train, you can see where the “Y” where the Kamogawa (flowing from the upper left, meets the Takanogawa, flowing from the upper right, becoming just the Kamogawa after that):

Where the Kamagawa & the Takanogawa Meet.  Kyoto.

Exactly where they meet, that road there, is Imadegawa Street and the Imadegawa bridge that crosses over the Kamagawa.  If you took a right at Imadegawa and followed it to its end you’d wind up at “The Silver Pavilion” (Ginkaku-ji ・銀閣寺).  If you took a right and crossed the bridge you’d go right in front of Shokoku-ji Zen Temple.   And right between the two rivers, there smack in the center of the “Y,” is Shimogamo Shinto Shrine.  So, on Saturday, August 13, before taking an afternoon trip to Kurama, a small and incredibly historical town just north of Kyoto, I went an noodle around an antique book fair at Shimogamo Shrine.  Here are a few photos from the Shimogamo Antique Book Festival (it’s official name):

“Old Book Festival” — Japanese style flag outside of the Shrine.


The used & antique book festival. Shimogamo Shrine. Kyoto.


Bargain hunting. Old book festival. Shimogamo Shrine. Kyoto.


Old maps. Cheap. Shimogamo Shrine. Kyoto.


Friends taking a break, cooling off. Shimogamo Book Fest. Kyoto.


I spent about forty-five minutes at the book festival.  Picked up a few bargains.  Then I walked south out of Shimogamo Shrine and within five minutes was making my way along the bank of the Takanogawa, heading towards its meeting point with the Takano River. . .

Three generations (I asked) of ladies along the Takano. August 13.


Mom and Daughter. Shallows of the Takano. August 13.


Young fellow reading. Takano bank. August 13.


Takano (left) & Kamo (right) Rivers come together. Kyoto. August 13.


“Here’s the ball, Rags! Here’s the ball!” Takanogawa. August 13.


Stepping stones across the Kamogawa/Takanogawa. August 13.


Summer Afternoon Sketching. The Kamogawa. Kyoto. August 13.


River Turtles. Kyoto. August 13.

I used to live near Kyoto.  During college student days.  If I ever live there again, if I ever live in Kyoto, and especially if I have kids, this is a place we’ll go to and enjoy often, on many an afternoon  .   .   .

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Bonus Shot.  I took this later that evening, while standing on the Ni-jo Bridge, looking back up the Kamogawa .  .  .

Sunset on the Kamogawa. August 13, 2011.


Five (very) Short Vids

Four of these were made in May, 2010, and one in November 2009.  Enjoy – 楽しんで下さい:


1. A scene along the Kamo River at night.  May 30, 2010 (34 sec):


2. The People Machine… that’s what it looks like to me.  Shinagawa Station, Tokyo.  May 2010 (36 sec):


3. Bic Camera, Yurakucho District, Tokyo.  May 2010 (48 sec):


4. Earlier that same day, May 30, along the Kamogawa.  On the San-jo Bridge looking down & around.  A favorite place of mine (1 min 14 sec):


5. Late afternoon, before the crowd comes in, at Rub a Dub Reggae, Kyoto.  November 2009 (1 min 37 sec):

Note:  the Rub a Dub vid featured immediately above is part of this photo & vid essay,  “Reggae a la Kyoto.”