Monday, September 25, 2006

Tiny sign board: Ponto-cho, Kyoto

Ponto-cho, Kyoto sightseeing

This is one of the most popular areas in Kyoto and many small houses and restaurants are lined along a narrow path.

Unlike a flood of flashy sign boards in Tokyo, sign boards here are very small. Also, the facade, made of wooden, is very simple. Its simplicity is just like modern architecture though it is rather old.

at Ponto-cho, Kyoto
Location by Google Map

6 Comments:

At 9/25/2006 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it looks wonderful. They say in Japan apartments/houses are small. Is it true?

 
At 9/25/2006 3:29 PM, Blogger Kathrine said...

Welcome to the DP Family!
You have shown some very beautiful photos so far, so I'm looking forward to seing more from Kyoto. It's so very green and clean.

Keep up the good work and please stop by Copenhagen sometime!

 
At 9/25/2006 7:00 PM, Blogger Philipp said...

Hi!
Welcome to the Family :-)
I must confess that I don't know much about Kyoto, just that the clime treaty was passed there. I'm looking forward to see more, your pics are really beautiful, especially the plants are great!

 
At 9/25/2006 10:13 PM, Blogger kostas said...

I like minimal style architecture,not the big hotels but the small beautiful inns.The God of the small things!
Regards from Thessaloniki,kostas.

 
At 9/25/2006 10:39 PM, Blogger macky said...

Thank you for your comment.

Japanese love the small:-)

To zsolt

Yes, small. Houses in Japan used to be quite small. But they are not so much small now because we are now richer than we were. Perhaps the houses still now feel small for foreigners since many Western people are bigger than Japanese. The M size in Europe is bigger than that in Japan. The medium size for Japanese may be small for people in Europe and US. The M size of McDonald CocaCola in US is big for me:-)

Also, a room in those days had many purposes; when having a dinner, a room became a place for eating. The same room was also able to change a place for having a rest or sleeping. After having a dinner, the compact low dining table was put away and a futon is laid out on the same tatami mat for sleeping. Next morning a futon is put away to have a breakfast and the table is set again. So small space was enough for Japanese to live in a house:-)

 
At 9/26/2006 2:38 AM, Anonymous Zsolt72 said...

Macky is very practical:) Very funny I try to imagine it in the everydays. Thank you for the description

 

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