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Animation, Urbanism and Tamako Market: A Discussion with Moriwaki Kiyotaka

Animation, Urbanism and Tamako Market:
A Discussion with Moriwaki Kiyotaka

Even before the release of preview footage, with only a handful of promotional images and a very short description, I knew Tamako Market (たまこまーけっと), created and produced by Kyoto Animation (京都アニメーション), was something I would want to give special attention. At the end of 2012, I had been writing about urbanism in anime for about...
First Offline Meetings with the Seichijunrei-Butaitanbou Community

First Offline Meetings with the Seichijunrei-Butaitanbou Community

It is difficult to figure out where to begin with this story. On the surface, it is simply about two gatherings of friends, the first in Tokyo and second in Kyoto. That I am meeting all but one of them face-to-face for the first time is significant, though not especially unusual. The meetings are special...
Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 2

Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 2

It was just one day shy of a year since I had last stepped in the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街), a small covered pedestrian shopping arcade near the intersection of Kawaramachi and Imadegawa, between the Kamo River delta and backside of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. I had quickly run through earlier in the afternoon, on...
Kamo River Walk

Kamo River Walk

My first afternoon arriving in Kyoto on a recent visit began with a last minute addition to the schedule, lunch with fellow flâneur Michael Lambe. As the editor of recently published Deep Kyoto Walks, Michael understands the meditative power of a good walk through the historic capital better than most. It’s immensely reassuring to make a...
Shijo Kawaramachi

Shijo Kawaramachi

Temples, shrines, mountains and machiya dominate most marketing collateral and media coverage concerning Kyoto. However, as The Eternal City morphed from Heian-kyō to its contemporary form, it retained its role as a center of commerce and now cradles a modern urban core in the Yamashiro Basin. There are two primary urban nodes. The ultra-modern, recent...
Spirit Festival 2014 in Demachi

Spirit Festival 2014 in Demachi

3つめの神輿。 pic.twitter.com/XKnKqO6RQD — あんこう ミ´ω`ミ (@ankou_anko) May 18, 2014 Spirit Festival (御霊祭) is a local celebration currently held each year on May 18 in Demachi, and is said to be the oldest known festival in Kyoto. A large procession that includes very ornate carts and portable shrines (神輿 mikoshi) makes its way around the entire...
Takase River Walk

Takase River Walk

Suminokura Ryōi (角倉 了以) was a preeminent Kyoto-based merchant and shipper active during the rule of both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu in the late 16th and early 17th century. His most enduring mark on the city was the creation of several canals as part of broader river navigation improvement efforts to facilitate shipping in...
Pontocho

Pontocho

Pontochō (先斗町) is a pedestrian alley lined with upscale tea houses, restaurants and bars in downtown Kyoto, running north-south from Sanjō-dōri to Shijō-dōri, flanked by the rowdier Kiyamachi-dōri nightlife district a few meters to the west and the Kamo River on the opposite side. The alley is built on reclaimed land that was part of...
Miyoshi in Kiyamachi

Miyoshi in Kiyamachi

Miyoshi—formally Hakata Nagahama Ramen Miyoshi (博多長浜らーめん みよし)—is a bright light, both figurative and literal, that welcomes hungry passersby from lunchtime until sunrise the next morning on Kiyamachi-dōri, Kyoto’s mid-tier nightlife district for those whose wallets and connections are not sufficient for the rarefied settings one block over in Pontochō. The open shop front and friendly...
Teramachi Shotengai

Teramachi Shotengai

Teramachi-dōri (寺町通) is a north-south running street that cuts through the heart of Kyoto’s downtown commercial district. Its name, meaning “temple town”, refers to the dense concentration of temples on its east side, the result of significant reorganization of the city by daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603). As modern Kyoto grew up...
Nishiki Ichiba

Nishiki Ichiba

Nishiki Ichiba (錦市場)—the Kitchen of Kyoto (京の台所 Kyō no daidokoro)—is a marketplace featuring fish and other foodstuffs in a 400 meter covered pedestrian arcade running one block to the north and parallel to Shijō-dōri, between Termachi-dōri and Takakura-dōri, in the city’s primary commercial shopping district. The ends of the east-west running street are within a...
Tamako Love Story Premiere, Afterparty at Demachi Masugata Shotengai

Tamako Love Story Premiere, Afterparty at Demachi Masugata Shotengai

違和感なく普通に立っているw #tamakolovestory #たまこラブストーリー pic.twitter.com/Gpkoa3F73T — エンドス@宮崎⇔京都 (@los_endos_) April 26, 2014 Tamako Love Story, the film sequel to the 2013 TV series Tamako Market, opened in theaters across Japan on Saturday, 2014 April 26. In this work, Kyoto Animation explores some of the story elements left relatively unexplored in the broadcast. The premiere also meant an...