The other day I visited Kyoto and for the first time in my life strolled around the streets there. When I was walking down the street along Shirakawa River, a nice, stylish riverside restaurant lit-up by warm light caught my eye, and all of a sudden I wanted to go there; how nice it would be to drink a cocktail, watching people strolling along Shirakawa River through the window! Like a moth drawn to a bright light, I walked around the corner and jumped into the place! It was a restaurant called "MIKAKU 2nd", which serves western dishes. The dinner was nice, and after I finished the meal I asked the chef, who turned out to be the owner of the restaurant, for permission to take photos. He kindly showed me around and said, "There's another restaurant I run, on the 2nd floor." Well, it looks like I have more things to explore here. For information on the 2nd restaurant, please see my other photo essay!
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.