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[ 過去與現代的浮世繁華 ] Memoris of the Floating World


The Ukiyo (or "floating world") from the novel "Memoir of Geisha" is set in Gion, Kyoto. Ukiyo-e is a genre of traditional Japanese painting from the Edo era (starting from the 17th-century) that depicts the life of the "floating world", a "conception of an evanescent world, impermanent,... (continue reading...)

日本的浮世繪是個上百年的藝術,"浮世"顧名思義就是一個漂浮在世俗之上的世界,這是歌舞, 藝妓與紅燈區夜夜笙歌當時的描繪。京都的祇園也是過去的"浮世", 也是小說"藝伎回憶錄"故事發...
... 展的城市一角.
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.... fleeting beauty and a realm of entertainments divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world."
 


在祇園的花見小路 - 這也就是以前所謂的紅燈或藝妓區. 現在這裡可都是高級餐廳呢.
Hanami-koji - the famous geisha district in Gion. The old (but clean-looking) traditional houses are now mostly high-end restaurants.
 

花見小路上的早晨還真寧靜呀.
The street seems rather quiet during the day. It\'s suppose to get busier at night.


這兩個看起來像是真的藝妓. 而且是沒上妝的那種.
These two look like real geisha without make-up.



 

有些房子有這個小的類似門神的雕像在門的上方牆上.
For some buildings you\'d see the small guardian god-like statue obove the doors.


這間是洋食館, 但不知道為什麼會有這麼多假人和這個狗咬褲子的這幕.
This is a restaurant but not sure why they have so many wax figures and this strange one with the dog biting off the kid\'s pants.


又到了中午吃早午餐的時刻了~! 這是在四條通上, 靠近祇園南座的一間在3樓 (還4樓?!) 的餐廳.
Time for our daily brunch at noon time! This restaurant is located on the same street as the Minamiza in Gion.
 

 
我們的每天+每餐都是日本料理耶. 就是吃不膩啦.
We had Japanese food for every meal. There\'s always quite a bit of variation or nice surprises so you don\'t get sick of it easily.


還有另外一區也算是過去的繁華霓虹街. 這就是白川. 從花見小路那邊一路早到白川這裡其實那段路有點像有一些特種營業場所的地方... 因為街上一些建築上的招牌有寫可以來這找小姐, & 放在路旁一邊的傳單上也是類似的內容.
There\'s another place that was a geisha-district but more off the beaten track. This is the Shirakawa area. When we walked from the Hanami-koji to Shirakawa, the streets were somewhat lined with some signs and brochures that advertise "special services" from young ladies.


但白川附近的房子看起來就很寧靜高雅. 這邊的舊房子現大多是餐廳或茶室.
But the houses in Shirakawa is pretty and the streets are peacefully quiet. The houses by the canal is lined with classy Japanese restaurants and teahouses.


白川沿著小川旁的街景.
The clean Shirakawa streets.
 
 
祇園新橋 - 這條很有復古味的老街就在白川旁.
Gion - Shimbashi (near Shirakawa).


這條街上的房子都是特別保留下來的舊房子. 連房子上隨風飄逸的老舊竹簾也是不可破壞的文化遺產.
This alley is a special preservation area near the Shirakawa  that is filled with the old wooden houses painted in dark red wood color with fine bamboo curtains that sway with the wind. 


我把這張照片變成黑白的, 這樣看起來就更像課本中的歷史照片了.
I turned this photo into black and white. It almost looks like a old picture taken of a place a long time ago.


這條街上也是晚上比較熱鬧,也可以在街上看到藝妓. 可惜我們這次是大白天去,這地方簡直像是死城..下次一定要晚上來這一下!
This street also gets more busy in the evening. You may see maiko (or geisha) walking up and down the street in the evening here. But too bad this time we came here during day time. The place is dead quiet. Have to come here at night next time!!


祇園南座-可以看日本傳統歌舞伎的地方。這次也是無緣啦!大學時有修日本傳統音樂和舞蹈的課程,不過還真沒看過 live 的表演。殘念..
Gion Minamiza is a theatre where you can watch Japanese traditional performances. But we didn\'t get to go see a performance there this time either. :(
 

從白川走過京都的主要河流 - 鴨川.
Walking along the main river that the ancient capital was built around.


錦市場 - 有點像傳統市場的一條街.
Nishiki Market - It\'s like a traditional market selling all kinds of dried food, pickles, sweets, etc.

 
錦市場的這家的栗子不錯.
This store in the Nishiki Market sells cooked chestnut. It\'s actually pretty good and you can\'t possibly miss it.


有看到超大的栗子嗎?
There were huge chestnuts in the background.


這間算是連鎖店吧. 它的精神指標就是那個八隻腳會上下移動的巨無霸螃蟹招牌. 賣的當然也就是以螃蟹為主的料理.
This is a chain restaurant that specializes in crab dishes that you\'d see in a few big cities. It all has this huge automated crab moving its legs up and down on the building of the restaurant.
 

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