04/30/2009

The Yuuka are on Schedule!

One sure sign of Summer in K-Town is the annual appearance of the Yuuka (elevated outdoor decks) beside the Kamogawa which provide such cool and sophisticated dining/drinking pleasures to countless Tourists and K-Natives alike as We all slog through our Long Hot Summer.
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Just as we wave goodbye to the Cherry Blossoms the trucks begin to roll to the Riverside as a small army of construction crews starts hammerin' away, setting up the scores of outdoor oasis' along the miles of riverbanks that will be the place for so very many a memorable Summer Party in Kyoto.

ATTABOY MEN! WELL DONE!

Yes some are fairly straightforward all wooden frames and posts that require little more than sweat and skilled carpentry and some are solid steel structures that call for a small crane and a large crew but all will be in play in time for next weekend and about Half are in use as of this writing.

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i wish that I had more practical wisdom to impart on this Special Summer K-Treat but, alas, I have yet, myself, had the privilege of enjoying the casual luxury of river relaxation at its finest but let me say I've never heard friends or fans describe it as anything other than delightful so if you're planning on visiting Kyoto then I'd say-

Treat Yourself, don't Cheat Yourself!

And while the dozens of decks that dot the banks have an almost countless variety of deals everyone I've spoken to swears that to maximize your experience the NightTime is the RightTime!

Sexy lighting, cool breezes, elegant service and Kyoto Original cuisine will likely add up to an evening you, and your guests, will doubtless want to remember and isn't that at least one of the reasons to come visit these parts?

So if you manage to beat me there this Summer then please save me a spot next to a pretty girl.

タグ:yuuka
posted by Billy at 18:42 | Kyoto (Japan)

04/18/2009

That's All Folks!

Spring has indeed been sprung like a jailbreak and, along with its many virtues, this means that O-Hanami Season has officially closed the doors, rolled up the sidewalks, turned out the lights, hopped into bed and set the alarm for Next Year.

How short and sweet she was!

Yet this is no time for tears or remorse but rather it is cause for some celebration because this surely means that Summer is on the train and rolling towards us just as fast as it can bringing the heat along with mini-skirts, high-heeled sandals, tiny tops and Hot Love for every single (and I mean single) girl or woman you see.......everywhere.

So let's all of Us lucky, lucky K-Towners take a final moment to bid a fond farewell to the lovely, gracious and gentle time that was this Spring in all its glory.



So long, Beautiful.....
See Ya' next year!
タグ:Cherry Blossoms
posted by Billy at 14:37 | Kyoto (Japan)

04/10/2009

O-Hanami Nirvana at Heian Jingu

I swear to you I'm really not the biggest Cherry Blossom Fan around these parts but I was simply blinded by the beauty that was bursting all over the breathtaking Garden inside Heian Shrine this 4/09/09.

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They call it the Benishdare Concert 2009 (benishdare being a type of particularly lovely Cherry blossom) and it extends through Sunday. Yes, Concert. The Classic piano, cello and shakuhachi (traditional J-Flute) Trio, Kobudo, performed this entrancing Thurday night and if the combination of enchanting Music and Nature's Finest gets any better than this than I, and you, are truly in for one heavenly treat but this night was more than enough to satisfy my senses and then some.

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Yes, ticketholders (about \2000) were anxiously lining up to file in about 1 hour 45 minutes before the 1st note was played and, of course, cameras of every conceivable variety were ubiquitous but the overall vibe, I must say, was quite calm and comfortable if somewhat crowded but then, you see, this is Sakura Season in Kyotoville.

Our K-Squad laid back nice and easy then breezed in fashionably late and with absolutely no wait (so make up your own minds how you want to play it) and proceeded to indulge in the bounty of blossoming Nature that was surrounding our every step.

Breathe!

The Night air was gentle and soothing ...
the Moon bright and full...
the Crowds were kind and the Music delightful, a perfect fit for an otherwise perfect evening.



I also noted an abundance of single young men (and some older) strolling the grounds with beaming GF's clutching their arms and squeezing their hands while those lovlies were blissfully smiling from ear to lovely ear and I'm pretty sure that if you asked those guys today they (like me) could faithfully testify-

Yea.....I GOT MY MONEY'S WORTH!



posted by Billy at 17:42 | Kyoto (Japan)

04/08/2009

Hi-Speed Momiji!

It is indeed O-Hanami Season (Cherry Blossom) here in K-Town and of course this means-

Crowds, Cameras and Picnics everywhere!

So this vid is for the ADD Generation and for all those who want just a sneak peek at this most popular time of the year. I, myself, have but one small request.

Let's play a Game!

See if you can spot-

1. The Crazy Lady with the Sun Parasol

2. Watch out for the Gloomy Girl

3. Casual Foursome lunching with drinks

4. The Solo Book Lover (God bless her)

5. 11 bicycles parked at the side of the road and not 1 but 2 groups of Students making the most of their fast-fading freedom.

6. LOOK OUT FOR THE DOG!

7. A lonesome party waiting to happen.

8. Hi Girls! Shy Girls.

9. The lone cyclist taking pictures of me taking pictures. (No unusual sight at this touristic time of year)

10. 2 (count 'em) Cute Girls chillin' with beverages.

11. 1 couple falling in Cherry Blossom Love!

Viddy well, My Brothers.....Viddy well!




posted by Billy at 15:13 | Kyoto (Japan)

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