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.

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.


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.

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.

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