Kyoto Tenement Blues

A peculiar apartment block in Kyoto.

I only spent one full day in on my first visit to the home islands of . It simply wasn’t time enough to form anything more than the most fleeting of impressions, none of which I am able to situate within the appropriate cultural context.

Take this building, for example. It drew my eye partly because it is different compared to what I’m used to here in , but also because it is strangely familiar. This building, perched on the hillside leading up to one of the more famous temples in the eastern hills, reminds me of growing up in for some reason. The rounded corners, wide iron-wrought balconies, and sculpted stucco seem to suggest interiors decorated with wood panelling and shag carpets. I never expected to come to and spend so much time lost in the past. Isn’t this where the future was being made not so long ago?


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