Summer Greenery in the City
The summer heat in heart of the city can be a bit overwhelming at times. With all the air-conditioners outputting hot air and so much concrete which stores even more heat. Sometimes you just want to run away from it all. One way to combat it is to introduce a bit of greenery to your house or shop, as the owners of this place have done.
In Japan many people grow vines outside their houses in the summer which are called "green curtains". A popular plant is the morning glory (known in Japanese as "asa-gao", "morning face"), but sometimes I've even seen people growing Bitter Gourd ("Goya" in Japanese) as a green curtain. These green curtains are particularly beautiful against the traditional Kyoto houses and shops. It best to view them in the evening or just after a summer thunderstorm has passed, when it's not so oppressively hot.
This place is on Shinbashi-dori a street with many traditional restaurants and tea houses. The eastern end of Shinbashi-dori joins to Shirakawa-Minami-dori which is one of Kyoto's most famous streets. It is worth exploring them both and I find that Shinbashi-dori is often quiet, because most of the people visiting Kyoto stick to Shirakawa-Minami-dori. Shinbashi-dori is two blocks south from the number 2 exit of Keihan's Sanjo station on the Keihan Main Line. The station is also a stop on the Kyoto Municipal Subway's Tozai Line.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 24f/2.8D lens. It was captured as a RAW (.NEF) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default Camera and Lens corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting applied (25%); Highlights (-10%); Blacks (+10%); DxO Clear View applied (50%); Microcontrast (+25%); and PRIME Noise Reduction Applied.