July 23, 2017

Gashapon Vending Machines

Multimedia Kyoto Store, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
ヨドバシカメラ(京都市下京区烏丸通七条下る)

Gashapon or Gachapon (ガシャポンまたはガチャポン) as it's called in Japan, refer to variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys popular in Japan.“Gasha” (ガシャ) for the sound of a crank on the toy vending machine, and “pon”(ポン) for the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle. Gashapon may describe both the machines themselves and the toys obtained from them. What's unique about Japan's capsules is that they aren't only for children, they're loved by adults as well as!

July 22, 2017

Trunk of Trident Maple

Kinugasa Ōharai-chō, Kita-ku, Kyōto
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京都市北区衣笠大祓町

Suitable for patios, planters, small yards or streetside locations, the trident maple is viewed by some tree experts as an underused tree. It provides year-round interest and tolerates a wide range of soils and urban conditions—making it a very desirable tree.

July 21, 2017

Offered Sake Barrels

Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 28-70mm F2.8
松尾大社(京都市西京区嵐山宮町)

These barrels (飾り樽, kazaridaru) are usually offered empty, with the Japanese rice wine (日本酒, nihonshu) maker also providing one bottle of their best rice wine as part of the offering. The offering is a form of prayer for bountiful harvests of rice, and also honours the shrine's local deity. The Chinese characters (漢字, kanji) on the decorative barrels indicate the name of the maker and their location.

July 20, 2017

Refurbished Old Cofeehouse

Coffeehouse Shizuka, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
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静香(京都市上京区今出川通千本西入る)

Shizuka (静香) is an old place not far from Kitano-tenmangū Shrine along Imadegawa-dōri. Built in 1937 (昭和12年, Shōwa 12) by Geiko Shizuka (芸妓静香), this is an old school cofeehouse (喫茶店, kissaten) in Kyōto.

July 17, 2017

Ochaya

Tea House Tomiyo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto
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富美代(京都市東山区八坂新地末吉町)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In Japan, a tea house (お茶屋, ochaya) is an establishment where patrons are entertained by geisha (芸者). Ochaya are located in geisha districts (花街, kagai or hanamachi), and are today most numerous in Kyōto, though they can be found in geisha districts in other cities, such as Tokyō. (Read More...)