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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.

Redstone Science Fiction Meets Kyoto Station (京都駅)

A photo I took in November 2009 is this month’s (Sept 2010)  “cover art” at Redstone Science Fiction:

Kyoto Station as Cover Art for Redstone Science Fiction's Sept 2010 Issue

Redstone Science Fiction:

Redstone Science Fiction publishes quality stories from across the science fiction spectrum. We are interested in everything from post-cyberpunk to new space opera. We want to live forever. Get us off this rock.

We have all been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy since we were children. It has been a key element in our lives.

From writing and submitting our own stories, we’ve learned that there are only a handful of online & print magazines that pay a professional rate for original science fiction stories.

We decided that there needed to be one more….

For more on Kyoto Station (京都駅) and photos of and from it, please see this post of mine from January, which, in fact, features a different view, a different take, on the photo featured above.

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Getting to, waiting for, or on the train.

These were all taken in May, about 2-&-a-1/2 months ago, either on trains or in train or subway stations.  Most of these are new to LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com, but there’s one that I know I featured on this Home Page back in June.  I like that in many of them there are so many individual stories going on, split-second slices of what a person’s thinking, side-by-side or intertwined with the person next to them.  Many of these are taken in or near Shinagawa Station, which was next to the hotel the group I was guiding stayed while in Tokyo.  Tell me what you think.  I may be featuring a couple of these in Birmingham ArtWalk, where I’ll be showing next month.

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Salaryman. Tokyo. 2010.

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Shinagawa Station. Central Entrance. Tokyo. 2010.

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Ebb & Flow. Shinagawa Station. Tokyo. 2010.

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Keeping Occupied. Tokyo. 2010.

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Sunday Morning. Yamato-Saidaiji. 2010.

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On the Yamanote Line. Tokyo. 2010.

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Kyoto Station. 京都駅。 2010年05月29日。

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Shinagawa Platform. Tokyo. 2010.

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Update. Yesterday a friend of mine from back in college days sent me the following message after visiting this little gallery:  “I like these pictures, but they’re giving me the idea that Japan is noir, while I’ve always thought of it as a color explosion.”  I answer Dave with this:

Jidohanbaiki. Kurodani Temple. November 2009.

By the way, yes, that bright yellow can, the one that’s on the middle row, third-in from the right, is “Banana au lait.”

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Tetsuwan Atomu & Kyoto Station

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Tetsuwan Atomu. Kyoto Station. 2009.

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I’m not a particularly big fan of “Atom Boy”.  I remember the cartoons as a boy, but I was in the Loony Toons camp (Roadrunner, Bugs Bunny, etc.).  I just like this photo (above) I took in front of Kyoto Station this past November and wanted to feature it here on LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com .

Actually, a big, Hollywood-produced Astro Boy movie came out just a few months ago.  I’m not sure how well it did at the box office.  But I hope it did well.  Donald Southerland voices the evil “President Stone”.  Just saw Southerland — as “Oddball” (Big Joe: “What are you doing?” Oddball: “I’m drinking wine and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know.” —  the other night on a 40th Anniversary showing of “Kelly’s Heroes”( simply one of the  best movies  ever).    Anyway, Astro Boy (rather, 鉄腕アトム  Testuwan Atomu – “Steeled Atom Boy“, sort of) real icon in Japan, and, as noted in a very comprehensive Wiki entry, the Astro Boy manga, then cartoons, were really the precursor to today’s anime, a billion $$$ industry and entertainment phenomenon.  So that’s certainly saying something.

Kyoto Station. North Side, Central Entrance Astro Boy. November 2009.

At Kyoto station there are three, tall, information kiosks out in front.  Be careful about telling someone that you plan on meeting them at the one with the Astro Boy / Tetsuwan Atomu on top:  there are 2 topped by Astro Boy, and one topped by Kimba, whom I never liked (much, much too saccharine, even for me as a little kid).

A few more views of Kyoto Station, all taken in early November, below.

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