The day started with a much needed acupuncture session downtown with Tanaka sensei. Feeling a little groggy post our treatment we dragged ourselves onto the subway and headed home.
Only we didn't go home. For some reason we felt compelled to stay out... It was very early July and really only in the early stages of a Kyoto summer (certainly compared with the rest of July and August) and I can only guess that we were somewhat mesmerised by the sudden arrival of the heat...or perhaps it was a surge of energy from the touch of Tanaka san's magical needles!
It was all downhill from there as far as the temperature and humidity was concerned but that particular week in summer still held some intrigue to an uninitiated foreigner. We certainly enjoyed observing the locals attempting to cool off in the Kamogawa (Kamo River that flows through the heart of Kyoto city) and took their lead.... in the months that followed it was too hot to even walk to the river let alone sit out in the sun. Let me share with you a little look at early summer in Kyoto...
Love the contrast...
Over the Demachiyanagi bridge we found this flower/plant store - wonderful bright summer colours and seasonal vegetables
Now directly across the road is a fab little cafe selling quality desserts and pastries.
We sat for some time, our feet cooling in the river, while we watched the showoff above and listened to the kids giggling. Magnificent!
What did I make for dinner? Nothing. It was too hot to cook... take-away yakitori and salad did the trick!