Posts tagged "Kyoto"
First Offline Meetings with the Seichijunrei-Butaitanbou Community

First Offline Meetings with the Seichijunrei-Butaitanbou Community

This is a journal of my first face-to-face exchanges with seichijunrei-sha and butaitanbou-sha in Tokyo and Kyoto, and induction into the Butaitanbou-sha Community (BTC) in 2014 Fall.
Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 2

Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 2

This is an anime pilgrimage to real life locations for Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market at Demachi Masugata Shotengai in Kyoto.
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

This is a roundup of photos from Goryō Matsuri (御霊祭) in Demachi, Kyoto in 2014, with many Tamako Market fans in attendance.
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

This is a roundup of photos from around Kyoto and at Demachi Masugata Shotengai, where Tamako Market fans convened and celebrated with arcade shop owners on the day of the theatrical premiere of Tamako Love Story.
Pilgrimage to Demachi Masugata Shotengai for Tamako Market

Pilgrimage to Demachi Masugata Shotengai for Tamako Market

This deep dive analysis combines an anime pilgrimage to real life locations for Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market, a study of the history and place identity of Demachi Masugata Shotengai in Kyoto, and account of how existing community engagement incorporated outreach to anime pilgrims in response to the influx of visitors.
Mackerelgate

Mackerelgate

This is a roundup of photos from when Demachi Masugata Shotengai mascot Waka Saba-chan spent a day cherry blossom viewing at the Kamo River in Kyoto.