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Kyoto Report 2023 – 3 – William Mitchell – Fashionable Financial Principle

Kyoto Report 2023 – 3 – William Mitchell – Fashionable Financial Principle


This Tuesday report will present some insights into life for a westerner (me) who’s working for a number of months at Kyoto College in Japan.

If you reside in another country for an prolonged interval you begin to observe the seasonal patterns not simply within the climate however within the social practices and customs.

But it surely typically takes some time to grasp what one is observing.

Yesterday, I used to be out working early right down to the – Kamo River – then alongside its paths (see image from this morning’s run within the early morning mist over the mountains) then again alongside the canals that come down from the mountains.

Whereas it was early, it was lethal quiet.

It took me some time to work out that it was a public vacation – no faculty children, no vehicles, no individuals.

I found it was the annual スポーツの日 (Sports activities Day) vacation (second Monday in October) and it started in 1966 as a commemoration of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The goal is to ‘promote sports activities and an energetic way of life’.

All types of actions happen – athletics carnivals, tug-of-war contests, impediment course races, and the like.

So I used to be really moving into the swing of issues, with out actually figuring out it.

The one downside was that it rained lots within the morning right here in Kyoto, so I didn’t see to many tug-of-war contests or any sporting actions for that matter happening.

The River

Because the earlier picture demonstrates, the Kamo River and its tributary, the Takano, which forks simply additional North of the place that picture was taken (at Konoe-dori Bridge) is likely one of the wonders of the world.

It runs down the East facet of Kyoto.

Throughout the – Heian Interval – when Kyoto was the Imperial Capital, the ruler diverted the river.

The Map under reveals roughly the place the diversion started – simply previous the Misono Bridge within the north and the pink line traces roughly what was the Horikawa river, which is now a canal to the west of the Imperial Palace and Gardens (that large inexperienced rectangle on the map).

Apparently, the Emperor, as you do, wished his palace in its current place and thought a serious river happening the centre of the capital territory could be divisive.

And also you don’t need to know a lot about Japanese historical past to grasp that the rulers had been at all times fearful about assailants planning to usurp their energy base.

The – Nijō Citadel -just close to the Palace really was constructed with squeaky flooring boards and decking in order that these sleeping inside might hear any intruders at nighttime of the evening.

Whereas out this working this morning I ended additional up the river to the North of the place the final picture as taken – on the Kuramaguchi-dori Bridge and took this picture of the mist hanging over the magnificent Mt Hiei to the East.

There’s an remark deck up within the Mountain on to the East from the place that picture was taken – the Yumenigaoka Deck – which gives unbelievable views to the west throughout Kyoto and to the East over the vary to Lake Biwa.

Because the Autumn deepens, the colors of nature are on present all throughout the town and Mt Hiei is a good place to see them.

I might have averted it had I identified!

Final Saturday, it was a wonderful day in Kyoto and I rode my bike right down to Okazaki Park, which is south of the place I reside.

There’s typically occasions happening down there and typically I watch the baseball on the subject adjoining to the Park.

It isn’t to look at the baseball, however reasonably the best way the groups convey their respect for themselves, their opponents, the officers, and the gang on the finish of every sport – a collective celebration with bowing, clapping and vocalised chants.

After I go to the soccer (AFL) in Melbourne I by no means witness such shows.

Okazaki Park additionally has vegan meals stalls open some Saturdays and you may benefit from the meals ready within the Zen custom whereas staying outdoors within the park (Covid protected).

And so they typically have music there down on the plaza.

This time, it appears, the native Christians had been out in pressure, which is a rarity in Kyoto, and filled with enthusiasm.

An outdated man in entrance of me was actually getting with it.

I solely lasted one refrain!!

I used to be attempting to grasp what they had been singing in Japanese and couldn’t determine any phrases till I realised they had been singing in English – the Jesus bit gave it away.

I took a video however it’s too large to add right here.

Simply think about.

Getting the band again collectively

Final 12 months, I used to be a visitor artist with a neighborhood rock band – Kyoto band Kazuchika Misawa – which has among the greatest native gamers as members – at one of many premier music institutions in Kyoto.

We performed rock and roll (or ‘lock and loll’ because the locals say) at one of many oldest and greatest reside music venues – ‘reside homes’ – in Kyoto final Saturday – the well-known – Jittoku – within the Kamigyo Ward (not far West from the Imperial Backyard and Palace advanced).

It was an outdated sake brewery and the tables and chairs are recycled sake barrels.

Right here is the view of the room from the stage (noting that since Covid they’ve erected plastic screens on all of the tables they usually prohibit the quantity of people that can are available to a present).

I wrote about it on this weblog put up – Kyoto Report No 5 (November 8, 2022).

Properly I should have performed one thing proper as a result of they invited me to play with them once more on October 31, 2023.

Anyway, I now have a mortgage Fender Telecaster and we’ll flip as much as 11 and go for it.

Right here is the October schedule (nicely the final little bit of it) promoting the gig.

I’ll report again afterwards if I can nonetheless hear something!

It’s well worth the journey to Kyoto in itself.

One other week in Kyoto.

That’s sufficient for right now!

(c) Copyright 2023 William Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.



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