07/12/2009

IT'S BEER GARDEN TIME!


Lest we overstate the most obvious...Yes! It's HOT!

We're talking steamy sauna heat every single waking moment the unforgiving Sun shows Her glorious face as She slowly but surely simmers us in unrelenting sweat and dizzying discomfort.
But.....
When the stone-cold Mr. Man-in-the-Moon comes out He brings chill breezes to cool the flesh, calm the heart and soothe the tenderest of tempers.

And what better way to celebrate His graciousness than to get boozed up beneath His gentle countenance as we bask in grateful relief, breathe in the natural A/C, chug down the icy beverages and count our many blessings.

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So this Saturday Night we repaired to the Beer Garden across from Kyoto Station (and under K-Tower and if you're wondering how to get there then just lift your head, open your eyes and move towards the Godzilla-sized red/orange/white candle) to celebrate Summer nights, scope pretty girls and praise the God of Hops.

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\3500 gets you in the door and into the All-You-Can-Eat/All-You-Can-Drink Festival where excess is encouraged, restraint unwelcome and big happy smiles abundant.

Doors open around 5:30 and this humble reporter would encourage one and all to get there early as the place is swept clean and the exits slammed shut around 10ish. This somewhat unfortunate schedule may require a disruption to your own timetable in order to attend but if you can find the opening I can garauntee that it's worth the effort.

The Grub? Check!
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While certainly not haute cuisine the fare is plentiful, tasty and the variety will test your ability for marathon eating as you dig in and dig in..........and then DIG IN!
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If you can work that fork, Brother, they'll keep giving you more so pile it on!

The Atmosphere? Check.

After a long day under the sweltering Sun the rooftop, cool breeze setting will undoubtably be just what the Doctor ordered. No luxuries here, only big, boisterous, happy crowds kicking back in picnic-style tables and chairs as they indulge in bountiful goodness.

And of course.....the Booze.

Party-Style Home Slice!

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The energetic Crew behind the bar will cheerfully serve you (I recommend starting off with the ice cold Nectar of the Gods provided by the Good Folks from Asahi) any amounts or combinations you can imagine so don't be shy about asking and don't pay any attention to the Rules the uptight Staff may spout at you when you enter. All night long I witnessed Happy Campers exiting the Bar area with armfuls of icy beverages to match their blissful grins as they no doubt were already plotting their return trips.

When in Rome...Do as the Romans do!

K-Towners may be famous for their somewhat haughty reserve but the vibe at this particular party is definitely laid-back, down-home and almost Osaka-style so oil up that elbow and get in where you fit in.

And if somehow through some truly dedicated but overzealous indulgence you perchance happen to wind up returning your evenings dinner/drinks in an unfortunate or untimely fashion, fear not!

K-Folks will administer gentle care and hospitable kindness (as opposed to the numerous degradations you may incur back home on such an occasion) as you yak your hard-earned money back up and out.

No charge for the plastic Baggies and a free escort to the elevators, Hercules!

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Summertime and the living is easy!

One Sidenote and Word to the Wise- On Saturday they had the Japanese Dudley Do-Right manning the gates and upon our arrival he gave us some J-Land shuck-and-jive runaround about “so sorry...no seats......long wait.......can't do it.......impossible blahblahblah” (and you ain't heard blahblahblah until you've heard it Kyoto-style) and while I would never normally suggest this, we stood our ground as I stared holes in his head and in about 30 seconds he brushed off a couple of seats and we forked over the cash.
Moral of the story? Yes, this may be the occasion to share your all-natural Gai-jin impoliteness if you want to get some Good Time.

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posted by Billy at 20:17 | Kyoto (Japan)
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