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entrance to the Kiyamachi branch of Hiro yakiniku restaurant, Kyoto Japan
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From April to September, ninety or so restaurants along the river erect terraces over the small side river that parallels the larger Kamo river. It's quite nice if you're there early in the summer (no mosquitoes yet), and early in the evening (smokers haven't arrived yet).
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layers from bottom to top: stream, stone edging, grass, path, grass
The weather was wonderful and many people were enjoying the recently-relandscaped park between the stream and the river...
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toward the Sanjo-Street bridge
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toward the Ooike-Street bridge
The word to describe this idea is 川床, which might be roughly translated as “river dais”, though strangely the exact same characters are pronounced yuka when referring to it in this situation at the Kamo River, but it's pronounced the more normal kawadoko when referring to the same event a few kilometers north, in Kibune (as seen in this post).
It's also called 納涼床, with the middle character lending an air of breezy coolness to help break a stagnant summer's sweaty grip, but while it truly is cooler to eat directly over the river as seen in the post linked at the end of the prior paragraph, you're far enough away from the river in this Kamo River situation that I don't think it really matters. Still, until the mosquitoes and smokers come, it's quite nice.
This area used to be rough cemented cinder block and stones, as seen here and here, and so the relandscaping done over the winter makes it much nicer than before. The couple above is sitting pretty much where Fumie and I came to sit on the first evening we met, 14 years ago. Nice memory.
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Photo by Anthony Friedl
Anthony tried to take a picture of the puppy, but ended up getting a nice photo of the couple walking by. Their clothing style is not my cup of tea, but they make for a nice shot.
Fumie's mom had just returned from an overseas trip, so she was the guest of honor.
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my mother-in-law; Anthony's grandma
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Was really good, melty-in-your-mouth good
Third course was a stupendous amount of exceedingly tasty beef that we cooked ourselves at the table. I was too busy stuffing my face to remember the camera.
The boy was doing his best to pester the family of ducks, but it was like water off a ducks back to them, and they just lazily sauntered away from him, despite his trying to shoot them with a toy puff gun...
This has long been an area where the youthful nightlife congregates in the evening, especially just on the other side of the bridge.
You can see a number of people sitting along the river in the shot above. The pair the furthest away also appear in this reverse-angle (from across the river) water-level-monitoring frame, from the Kyoto Prefectural website...
Even this morning after a heavy rain the water rose four or five feet, but from time to time it overflows the whole area, such as in this shot taken at the same time as my “Kyoto Kamo River Flooding” post...
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But last night, the water was down and the area between the stream and the river was dry, and a pleasant mood filled the air...
I'd like to say that this tussly-haired kid was engrossed in some literary work of high esteem, but alas, he was just playing a game on my iPad.
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if I do say so myself
While on the entrance path seen in the first two photos above, you walk by two huge picture windows showing the restaurant's kitchen...
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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos
From the taxi on the way home, while crossing the bridge, I tried to get a shot of the terrace we'd just been on, but it proved difficult...
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only the end railing of Hiro's terrace is visible, just right of center