By Bonson Lam
Kamogawa Riverside restaurants around the Ponto-cho area set up special open terrace seating (May to September) during Kyoto's hot, humid season. People have tried to cool down by sitting near the water and enjoying their dinner like this since the Edo Era. At the Star Festival (Tanabata 七夕) in Kyoto, decorations made up of bamboo grass line the same area. From August 4-11 you can also enjoy beautiful illumination along the river at night. More information about Tanabata can be seen here.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。