Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 22mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image data — nearby photos
When Aunt Jeanette was in town two weeks ago, we headed up to Kibune to enjoy the drive, and to have lunch at Hirobun, an inn with a nice restaurant that overlooks the river. However, when we arrived, it turned out that the restaurant was serving lunch over the river.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — handheld, 1/20 sec, f/5, ISO 500 — map & image data — nearby photos
As viewed from our table on the next platform down
We were on the middle of three straw-mat-covered platforms, at what would have to have been the best seats in the house (so to speak). Next to us was a six-foot waterfall just far enough away not to get us wet. As if the breeze from the river wasn't enough to create a pleasant, cool atmosphere in the summer heat, a bamboo framework supported straw mats above, as well.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 55mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
The view above is aiming down-river from our seat, but the river can't be seen in this somewhat tight photo because the river falls away rapidly, with a taller waterfall (15 feet?) just past the edge of the platform.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 17mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image data — nearby photos
The little shrine I wrote about earlier in the month.is part of the
All in all, it's really not possible to say enough how pleasant it was.
The main lunch was served at our table on one of the upper platforms, but there was additional food and additional platforms on which to eat it. Just past the third platform is the larger waterfall I mentioned above, after which there are two more platforms specifically for eating noodles. The shot below was taken from the stairs that head down to the lower “noodle platforms,” looking back at the three upper platforms.
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
Theand had just left is in the center of the picture.
The whole noodle thing was an event that gets its own post.
It was a really fun and pleasant lunch, but I didn't blog about it until now because I wanted to take Fumie there and have it be a surprise. I've since been there twice (once with Fumie, and once with Lawrence), so can finally post about it.
Much of the river in the mile-long Kibune area are used for dining like this during the summer, so there are many places left for us to check out. Hirobun is the upper-most inn/restaurant of the bunch, so is the most upstream, and so perhaps the only one with an unspoiled upstream view. It's very nice.
(PS: my 500th post!)