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Photo #58 – Japan’s European Car Invasion

Smart Car in Kyoto, Japan parked in front of the Kyoto Art Zone

Episode 5 of the Savage Japan Podcast, the racism episode, was recorded at the nearby Kyoto International Community Center shortly before this photo was taken. Episode 5 with its difficult subject matter is proving to be a tough episode to crank out. The current target date for availability is Friday, September 10th. You can hear previous episodes of the Savage Japan Podcast at SavageJapan.com or SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Though Japanese automakers certainly make plenty of in demand, small cars in Japan, it is interesting for me as an American, to see the variety of tiny world cars being driven here.

In the US, I have never once seen one of these mini Smart Cars made by a division of the Mercedes-Benz company, even though they’ve been sold all over the world for many years. Admittedly, I live in a high alpine, very snowy environment when I’m in the US, not well suited for cars this small and with only 3 cylinders, but it is also true that the world’s long ago transition to smaller cars is not a bandwagon the US has been eager to jump on.

I see these little Smarts and many other new and old European tiny cars mixed in with Japanese domestically produced small vehicles every day in Kyoto.

Photo Details: After being prevented from entering an International Food Festival at the Kyoto International Community House because I was not Japanese, I enjoyed myself by biking around the interesting streets of Gion and just west of the Kamogawa River. This clean yellow Smart Car parked in front of the Kyoto Art Zone was begging to be photographed. I need to stop in there during open hours one day and figure out what kinds of things go on in the Art Zone’s Art Project Room. It appeared as if the Art Zone was a gallery, but it was in transition on this particular night.
 This photo was taken just south of Sanjo Dori between Kawaramachi and Kiyamachi, quite close to Pontocho.

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Photo #57 – Yasaka Jinja Entrance at Shijo-dori in Gion, Kyoto

Yasaka Jinja Shinto Shrine at Night in Kyoto, Japan

Episode 5 of the Savage Japan Podcast, the racism episode, was recorded at the nearby Kyoto International Community Center shortly before this photo was taken. Episode 5 with its difficult subject matter is proving to be a tough episode to crank out. The current target date for availability is Friday, September 10th. You can hear previous episodes of the Savage Japan Podcast at SavageJapan.com or SavageSnowPodcast.com.


After a Japanese person affiliated with a Kyoto Muslim group told me I had the wrong color eyeballs, hair, and skin to be allowed to participate in their International Food Festival at the Kyoto city-owned International Community Center (irony of ironies), I then headed south on a whim to look for adventures elsewhere in Kyoto. That particular encounter with Japanese and Islamic racism along with another story of Japanese racism can be heard in episode 5 of the podcast coming soon.

Just roaming around on my bicycle with no particular destination in mind, I stumbled upon this famous spot that I’ve been to years before on previous short trips to Kyoto. Yasaka Jinja is a Shinto shrine with its main entrance on the eastern edge of Gion. Shijo-dori, one of Kyoto’s main shopping streets, ends in Gion at this Yasaka Jinja entrance. Maruyama Park, famous for cherry blossom viewing in the spring, is located behind Yasaka Jinja and can be found simply by walking straight through the shrine area in an easterly direction.

Photo Details: The taxis pile up here at night to carry patrons to and from the hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and other nightlife squeezed into the relatively small Gion entertainment district of Kyoto, which is also known for its concentration of geisha (technically geiko and maiko – there are no geisha in Kyoto). I snapped this image handheld while still straddling my bicycle before heading up Shijo street to work my way back home towards Nijo Castle. I’m sure I”ll end up back here again at night with a tripod at some point. I need to pick up a highly portable real tripod sometime soon and carry it with me whenever I expect to be out at night. As I knew would be the case, the mini tripod I squeezed into my luggage for this trip is less than ideal for most situations.

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Photo #17 – Students Cleaning & Closing Kyoto Kyudo Dojo

Cleaning and closing down Kyoto kyhttp://japanphotojournal.com/wp-admin/edit.phpudo archery range

This photo corresponds with Episode 3 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 3 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


These kyudo students are members of one of the kyudo Japanese archery clubs that use the kyudo dojo on the city owned Kyoto Budo Center property.

Participants accept responsibility for maintaining the dojo and the last group to use the facility close up at night.

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Photo #15 – Kyudo Archer Releases Arrow at Kyoto Budo Center

Kyudo archer releases his bow at the Kyoto Budo Center

This photo corresponds with Episode 3 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 3 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


This shot of a kyudo archer’s perspective reveals how small the 36 cm wide targets appear 29 meters in the distance.

Unlike western archery where larger targets are used and higher value is placed on hitting closer to the center, in kyudo there are only 2 descriptions used to define the accuracy of a shot, hit or miss.

As it has been explained to me, even in competition there is no significance placed on hitting a target closer to its center, though I suspect Japanese kyudo archers are at least quietly satisfied with themselves when their shots land closer to the center of these very small targets.

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Photo #14 – Kyudo Practitioner Kneeling at Kyoto Archery Range

Kyduo archer kneeling at Kyoto Budo Center Archery Range

This photo corresponds with Episode 3 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 3 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


This kyudo student is practicing a ritualized kneeling and approach procedure before releasing her 2 arrows at the Kyoto Budo Center’s kyudo archery range.

Each archer approaches the release area on the floor with 2 arrows. The second arrow to be released is held angled down and away from the body in the right hand as the right hand also draws the first arrow back to be discharged.

Photo Details: The grass takes on an unusually vivid green appearance under the lights at this Kyoto archery range. I lowered the saturation in several of the night photos taken here so the camera’s interpretation of the color doesn’t seem too unnatural. However,  this location does possess a surreal quality at night and the colors in these photos are pretty accurate. That is, assuming you have a fairly decent monitor to view them on.

Unfortunately, laptop screens don’t count as quality monitors (even on high-end MacBooks). Laptops universally use dithered color screens of varying quality, but never “real” color screens. The inability to pay a little more and obtain a “real” screen built-in with a laptop is a big pet peeve of mine and an inconvenience when traveling. I suspect battery life may have something to do with the exclusion of quality screens from laptops, but personally, I would happily trade battery life for a quality screen.

I used up a substantial portion of my largest luggage bag’s weight limit on this trip bringing a decent LCD monitor along, just so I could do accurate color work.

Visiting the Kyoto Budo Center at night is highly recommended if you happen to be in this neighborhood after sunset, especially if you hear sounds coming from inside indicating that activities are underway.

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Dan Savage [Email]

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