“Temporarily Closed”
Private Dining Room ( now, with a bright and airy view ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Private Dining Room
( now, with a bright and airy view )

As I posted about the other day, a local restaurant suffered a fire two weeks ago. It appears that they tried to renovate, but driving by today we noticed that they've resorted to somewhat more drastic measures...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 30 mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
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Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23 mm — 1/160 sec, f/3.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
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Cut -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
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Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 34 mm — 1/350 sec, f/4.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

The sign says, in elegant prose whose lilt can't really be translated, something along the lines of...

To Our Customers

Notice of Temporary Closure

We appreciate your business. For the time being, due to the present circumstances, we must suspend business. We apologize from the bottom of our heart for the trouble.

June 30th, 2008

The sign looks like it says a lot more than that, but the extra is all the flowery honorifics sprinkled throughout.

Posted next to it was the demolition company's work permit, and a statement that the building had no asbestos. Of course, I'd never seen nor used “asbestos” in Japanese before, but that word — 石綿 — is composed from the characters for “rock” and “cotton”, which, in this context, I figured had to be asbestos, and indeed it is.

You can see some shots of the interior taken during better days, when we ate at the restaurant once.

UPDATE Oct 2008: they're apparently not rebuilding; it's now a pay-by-the-hour parking lot.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

How sad! Such a nice place so destroyed. It seemed even worse when I clicked back to your earlier dining experience there and saw how nice a place it really was. Wonder if the owners would be interested in your photos.I hope they will rebuild.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on July 9th, 2008 at 3:21am JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Maybe this was the only way if the fire destroys to much of the building and its construction. On the pictures it seems that it was a lovely place. If i were the owner, than i would rebuild it as fast as possible.

— comment by Daniel Girokonto on July 9th, 2008 at 5:00am JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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