January 18, 2018

Old Public Bath

Kamogawa-yu, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
SONY Xperia Z3

I used to utilize this public bath house, "Kamogawa-yu" (鴨川湯) in the vicinity of my dormitory in my college days. During dormitory stay we were allowed to take a bath every other day. Instead of a bath we were able to take a shower. During winter time only shower made me catch cold, so I sometimes came here to warm my body. It took 3 minutes' walk from my dormitory, but I sometimes came here by bike. In front of the bath house I parked my bike. There were small space to park the bikes. There were two entrances for men and women and a clerk sat down at the front desk. Of course there was a partition between dressing rooms of men and women. However the clerk sat down in the place where he or she could see the customers taking off their clothes. Usually an old woman sat down at the front desk. But an old man did on rare occasions. It was OK for women but as for men......Old as he was, he was a man. I was a YOUNG LADY at that time, so I didn't care for a man sitting in front of the dressing room. It was more than 25 years ago that I came here. So now I don't know the structure of the bathhouse. By the way, there were a variety of baths inside. There were not only a common bath but also an electric bath and a medicinal herb bubble bath. The customers were mainly neighboring old women. I was surprised that some old women who looked over 90 entered an electric bath comfortably. I was not good at an electric bath. I felt nostalgia with this bath house. It would be an oasis for the local citizens. (ミーコ O.)

January 15, 2018

Girls Band on BanG Dream!

BigBoss Guitar Shop, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: BanG Dream! is a Japanese media franchise created in January 2015 by Bushiroad. It consists of the musical group Poppin' Party, which was formed in February 2015, as well as multiple manga series and an anime television series adaptation by Issen (OLM with Bushiroad) and Xebec, which aired from January 21, 2017 to April 22, 2017. (Read more...)

January 14, 2018


BAL Bldg, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Like stepping into a hotel in a middle of downtown, this stylish yet comfortable Kyoto BAL offers stores targeting people of all generations. Their roomy layout allows shoppers to look around effortlessly. From stores like KOTOSHINA (古都品) offering organic cosmetics using Kyōto Uji Tea (宇治茶) leaves to American fashion brand, Theory, each store projects personality and quality well fit for the style of Kyōto BAL. After an exceptional remodeling, Kyōto BAL re-opened its doors on August 2015. Many locals would agree that the 2 years and 7 month long remodeling was well worth the wait.

January 09, 2018

Chocolate Store's Noren

CaCaO 365 Gion Store, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

In an entertainment quarter of Kyōto, the traditional teahouse building gives off an aura of conservative charms. We expressed "cuteness, love, and erotic story" of chocolate by Japanese traditional materials and techniques, and triggered communication between the shop and customers by an original retail style in Japan "Zauri" (座売り, staff offers services, remaining seated). The gold-lacquered ceiling where 365 armorial bearings are placed expresses "Every day is a good day". The lacquer softly coats the teahouse (お茶屋) building in Gion (祗園) area just like a chocolate. "Cacao 365" is a secret chocolate wonderland of aphrodisiacs. (Hisanobu Tsujimura)

January 03, 2018

Dedicated Sake Bottles

Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Matsuo Taisha (松尾大社) Shrine, sometimes known as Matsunoō (松の王), is an interesting ancient shrine on the outskirts of Kyōto that offers a little more to see and do than most of the often visited shrines in the area. It is also less crowded. Located near Arashiyama (嵐山), Matsuo Taisha was founded in 701, almost 100 years before the founding of Kyōto. It was founded by the head of the Hata clan (秦氏), an immigrant clan that ruled the area before the moving of the capital from Nara. The Hata also founded the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社). The Hata were instrumental in bringing sake (酒) brewing techniques from Korea, and the shrine has a deep and long association with sake brewers, who still take water from the sacred well Kame no I (亀の井), located in the shrine. The shrine grounds are home to 3,000 Japanese kerria (山吹, yamabuki) which are in bloom during April and May.