Kyoto Yuka Dining along the Kamo River

By Kyoto Expert: Satoko, Japan, June 2011

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After enjoying the awesome Spring in 'Cherry Blossoms', in Kyoto the next famous sign of the season is already coming up on the riverside! 'Kamogawa Yuka', or a riverside balconies made of wood is for unique dining, and one of the seasonal symbol of Kyoto. When you see it's set up above the west bank of Kamo River, it comfortably reminds you of Spring's finished and the city has set up to welcome the Summer!

It's originally appeared in the late 16th century, just the outdoor wooden benches at first, then, gradually set up more elaborate current form. Enjoying the delicious meal and drink served by the kimono-clad attendants under colorful lanterns and the open sky. What a relaxing moment over the water, taking advantage of cooling breezes off the river, fanning with uchiwa. As time passed, the shadow's rising up long the Higashiyama mountains and the sky would turn from light blue to deepest cobalt, setting off red paper lanterns swaying in the cooling breezes.

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