Uji-City Rural Mountain Drive #2: Ice-Cream Girl, Fruit Pizza, and More
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desktop background image of vivid purple flowers -- Extremely Vivid -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Extremely Vivid
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Almost got the butterfly in focus -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Almost
got the butterfly in focus

In our second drive through the rural mountains of Uji City (Kyoto Prefecture, Japan) that I most recently wrote about the other day in “Pleasant Little Village in Uji, Part 2”, after leaving that village we wound our way north for half an hour (for what turned out to be only a mile and a half as the crow flies!) and had to stop when we came across some extremely vivid flowers at the end of someone's driveway.

I didn't realize it until I went to check the photo times between the village and these flowers, to see how long it took between, that the first photo on this post was actually the last photo I took back in the village... it just happened to be of the same kind of flower. Just as pretty in both places.

While we were hovering about the flowers with our cameras, I noticed an elderly lady doing chores by the house looking at us with a strong “what on earth?” look. I suspect she hadn't seen many tall white guys at the end of her driveway. I called out in a cheery voice that we appreciated that her flowers were so photogenic, and she came down and we chatted for a while. It turns out that someone from Scandinavia had lived nearby about 17 years ago; she gave his name and asked whether I knew him. 🙂 (I didn't)

It turns out that the next place over was a cafe, so we stopped in for lunch...

Inviting Sign “Artist Sundries Shop &middot Stone-Kiln Pizza &middot Coffee &middot Lunch” -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Inviting Sign
“Artist Sundries Shop · Stone-Kiln Pizza · Coffee · Lunch”

But sadly, being in the middle of nowhere, the cafe is open only on the weekend. They did have ice cream, so we availed ourselves of that...

Service With a Smile -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Service With a Smile
we dubbed her “Ice-Cream Girl” -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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we dubbed her
“Ice-Cream Girl”

The cafe is also the home and workshop of a lady who does various kinds of art, such as stained-glass windows and metal sculptures, and some outbuildings are other workshops for her and her students, one of which is ice-cream girl.

(We were intrigued enough to head back the next weekend to try the pizza, and had some Italian Fruit Pizza. It had various fruits, including bananas. It sounds disgusting, but was amazing to the point that I actually concentrated on it instead of the camera, so I have no photographic record.... a deficiency I intend to remedy.)

Like I said, it was the middle of nowhere, but there was a house across the way...

Across the Way -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Across the Way

Inside the white triangle on the gable of the main building is the character for “water”. I'll have to ask what that might mean when I go back for more pizza.

Closer in toward the road, there was what appeared to be ruins of some sort, so yet another thing to ask about...

Remnants of Something -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Remnants of Something

One of the shrubs in front of the cafe was positively glowing with spring green...

Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Touch Ethereal -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Touch Ethereal
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All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

“Service with a Smile”..was that wasabi ice cream she is serving?
Those pink flowers look like the Silene or “Catchfly” flowers that I have here, but the heads seem a little different. The leaves don’t look like the Ipomea plants, though the flowers do. Peter will know.

Sadly, no, it was maccha aisu (Green-tea ice cream). —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl in Ohio, USA on July 8th, 2011 at 11:01pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

ピンクの花に白い蝶、とても素敵なコンストラストです!

f/2.5ってすごいですね

— comment by Junichiro-Kosera on July 9th, 2011 at 1:04am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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