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May 03, 2017

International Photography Festival in Kyoto

KYOTOGRAPHIE 5th edition “LOVE”

2017.4.15 Sat – 5.14 Sun

 

http://www.kyotographie.jp/en/

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It’s a International Photography Festival in Kyoto.

Now the 5th edition “LOVE” is holding in several places in this city.

Here is the epic.

“Those feelings and concepts we call LOVE vary according to our background, including our religion, our view of history, where we come from, and our living environment. Such differences, however, can at times cause indifference, or turn love to hate, giving rise to serious problems that plague modern society, such as violence toward the vulnerable. This may be why humans know love to be so precious, and why we instinctively seek it in many forms.


“To LOVE” essentially means recognizing the existence of and connecting with things outside ourselves. Through LOVE we connect with other people, with society, with nature, with art, and with ourselves. With LOVE the world can become a more peaceful place.
It is our continuing dream, in making this festival a reality, to share “LOVE” through photography.”



I thought it’s difficult to show love visually by photography.


Because usually we tell that with a story like movie or novel.

How can we express it just in a piece of photography.

But I agree that love means recognizing the existence with other people, with society, with nature, with art, and with ourselves.

Those buildings exhibitions holding are also beautiful places.

They use some special, historical, traditional buildings which we can not go inside usually.

It’s also nice to see how they put photography in each places.

Especially this one at Ryosokuin in Kenninji temple.

http://www.kyotographie.jp/portfolio/nobuyoshi-araki


This place has amazingly beautiful garden like fantasy inside.

And this Japanese artist “Nobuyoshi Araki”.

His title is “A Desktop Love”.
There are just flowers and puppets on the desk in the photo.

It sounds very simple but those objects made us feel something like love somehow clearly or strongly.

Haha but of course we can put another title on it.
We can take it in by any kind of way whatever freely so it’s interesting to see art things.


I would like to recommend this nice event until 14th of May.

You can come back next year if you will miss it haha.

We also sell the ticket at the reception in Gojo guesthouse.

Thanks for reading!

Have a nice trip.

Gojo staff

Kaji

http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 

 
April 28, 2017

One of The Finest Example of Japanese Architecture

Katsura Imperial Villa and Garden are completed in 1645 for the members of Japan’s imperial family.

This place has been giving inspirations of universal and timeless Japanese traditional/modern aesthetics to many architect in the world.

Why I said traditional/modern, because it always looks fresh and modern and beautiful even if it’s built few hundreds years ago.

I think it’s very special, we still can surprise with those old things across several generations.

Every single part of the design of them have reason and meaning.

Please visit there and have a look if you would like to know. It’s very interesting.

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Architecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanVisiting here requires joining a free guide walking tour.

It’s 1 hour in Japanese. They also prepare audio guides for several foreign languages.

The landscape of garden is also magnificent.

It’s like unexplored beautiful small village.

Architecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanThe Good NEWS are they started to take application on the day!

Actually this is great!

Because before that, we need to apply at least before the day of visiting with our passport at the Imperial Household Agency’s office in Kyoto Imperial Park.

(However Katsura Imperial Villa is not located in Imperial Park.)


But it’s for small numbers so it often get booked out.

Usually we try to be the office around their opening time from 8:45 a.m. to get the reservation…but it’s not so crazy busy so please take it easy and take your time for enjoying your morning in Kyoto haha…one day we will post some recommendations for breakfast in Kyoto.

(Tours are held 6 times per day except on Monday)

I also recommend this way if you have time in advance.

HOW TO APPLY THE TOUR ON THE DAY

From around 11 a.m. they will distribute a numbered ticket at the reception in front of “Katsura Imperial Villa”.

Katsura Imperial Villa is located in west part of Kyoto city.

(Please take your Passport, it’s important.)


We can apply for ①13: 30 ②14: 30 ③15: 30 those 3 time on the day.
It’s only for 20 people per time.


The official website says that the reception will be closed as soon as it is full.

But from my experience, you may be available to get the ticket for one of the time even if you go there around 13:00.


If you have to wait for a while until starting time, I recommend to visit the famous rice cake shop/cafe close by the bridge around there.

I met a random Japanese elderly woman around my grandmother’s age when I was in the cafe.

She was also waiting for the tour and we chatted.

I heard a lot of good story from her life and she looked still enjoying her life so much.

I thought I will not meet her again so I didn’t mention I’m working at Gojo guesthouse.

After few months, I got a call for making a reservation from new customer.

Then this person had exactly same voice and tone as the elderly woman who I met at the cafe.

I asked her that had she ever been to Katsura Imperial Villa in last few months.

She seemed wondered and said yes…

It’s nice to try if you are spontaneous person who likes traveling like freely haha.

ACCESS:

The closest train station is Katsura station on Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Katsura Imperial Villa is 15 min. walk from the Katsura station.

You can take train from Kawaramachi station which is located in Shijo Kwaramachi downtown area.

LINK:

[Official English information by Imperial Household Agency]

http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/katsura.html

[English information by japan-guide.com]
(Their website is necessary for traveling in Japan.)


http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3914.html

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
March 28, 2017

Where to go in Kyoto during cherry blossom in 2017(Sakura)?

Are you ready for going out on a picnic under cherry blossom?

Well, I am ready, but…..the cherry trees in Kyoto are not yet……

This year, according to the weather report, the first bloom will be on 1st of April, and then full bloom will be around one week later.

So during 4/1~4/15 should be the best time for Sakura hunting in Kyoto.

 

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Amount more then 400 shrines and 1500 temples in Kyoto, you can easily find a nicely bloom cherry inside the Japanese Garden.

And there are mountains of mountains of nice photos that you can find on the internet.

So I decided to give you some keywords for nice free spots to search , and some tips

 

-Within walk distance from Gojo Guest house/ Annex

  1. takasegawa sakuraKamo river side between Gojo and Shijo streets (THE BEST place for picnic)
  2. Maruyama Park (a huge cherry tree and a cherry forest that you can picnic under the trees/there are lights-up/food stands, so you can go even in the night, but sometimes too busy….I usually go there around 11pm)
  3. Takasegawa river (a nice walk to downtown under 4KM long cherry blossom, isn’t is nice?!)
 

 

 

 

 

-Bus/Train ride within 30mins from Gojo Guest house/ Annex
  1. Yawata -Sewaritei ,Yodo river side (only 28mins train ride you can arrive to this amazing place. My other GOOD selection for going out for picnic under cherry blossom. And it is interesting to observe how Japanese family/friends enjoy their wonderful afternoon here)
  2. Nanzenji temple/Keage area (even though there are beautiful sen garden in the temple, but just walkin the area, there are many cherry trees outside that is for free. over here, there are alliteratively less people)
  3. Heian Shrine/Garden (I love the color combination in Heian shrine: white sand/red pillars /green roof/and pink cherry blossom!!!
  4. Path of Philosophy (among the river, there are full of cherry trees……walk along the tiny river, and think about eggs comes first or chicken?!)
  5. Kyoto Imperial palace Park (Tips for Imperial palace park, bring your sandwiches and a small bottle of sake……and just ENJOY)
  6. Kamo river near by Demachiyanagi station (this is where Takanogawa river and Kamogawa river join together, wide river bank to go for picnic)
 

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(here is how Yawata -Sewaritei looks)

 

-Bus/Train ride more then  30mins from Gojo Guest house/ Annex
  1. Hirano jinjya Shrine(there are many different type of cherry that you can learn more about. (I saw one type with Green petal)
  2. Ryuanji temple ( the famous stone Garden with a weeping cherry from outside of the wall, very Zen!!!)
  3. Ninanji temple(The sakura is called Omurazakura,御室桜, if you arrive Kyoto around mid April,then you can come here to enjoy cherry blossom)
  4. Daikakuji (this temple is in Arashiyama area. If you are nearby and would like to avoid the crows, then here is a good choice!)
 

More photos

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(Ninnaji temple)

ninnaji temple-maiko(I met one Maiko at Ninnanji temple

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(Picnic at Yawata -Sewaritei with Gojo staffs)

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(Here is Kam river bank)

 

 

 

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(This is Akashitarezakura cherry)

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(The temple at Yawata)

Here are all the blablabla……about cherry blossom in Kyoto……can’t wait for another week~~

Sakura forecast link
Gojo staff
Nelly
http://gojo-guest-house.com/
 

 
March 23, 2017

A Day Trip For Cherry Blossoms

Getting close to the cherry blossoms season in Spring!
But it’s still cold like Winter here in Kyoto!
Spring is always come and leave unnoticed…

Cherry blossoms blooming is one of the highlights in our life of a year for Japanese people.
We always try to enjoy them as much as we can in the short blooming season.
I prefer watch them from bit far distance and also when it’s leaving.
Let’s talk about how you would like to watch them when you are here haha.

There are so many places to enjoy watching them especially in Kyoto city.
However I’m kind of picky so I would like to recommend this place for a day trip from Kyoto.
Haha, please take it easy. It’s not so weired… I still remember one of our guest asked me for recommendation he would like to do most weired thing in Kyoto but he already had a huge staffed bird sculpture on his left shoulder and he already had been to birds cafe with it in Kyoto.
Finally I couldn’t give any better weired recommendation in Kyoto to satisfy him… Sometimes I thought about him… You can find his photo in the gallery page on our website:-)

Anyway! About cherry blossoms place.

The place called Yoshino mountain, Yoshinoyama, 吉野山, in Nara prefecture next of Kyoto prefecture.

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Reach the bottom by old creepy cable car



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Walking to the main part



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Late in the season but still could see this scene



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Many restaurants and street foods



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Bit touristic price but very nice



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And of course very nice view



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Love the detail of structure



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Lion dog



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Lovely pattern of rocks



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Not sure this flashy one is also cherry blossom



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Lovely hut with thatched roof



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Into the pink bushes



Please google “yoshino cherry blossom”, it’s very easy to find their information.

Have a nice trip everyone!

Access:

[Direction from Kyoto by train]
Take Kintetsu Line from Kyoto Station to Kashiharajingu Mae Station, then transfer to Yoshino Station
(About 1 hour 40 minutes by express in total)

Link:

[Official English information by Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association]
http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/index.htm

[English information by japan-guide.com]
(I love and respect their website! It’s always help our traveling in Japan.)
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4152.html

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
March 16, 2017

Beauty of the winter and waiting for spring

Hello Everyone: )

How are you doing?
This is Keita.

We had several times of snow in this year, and it is slowly getting warmer now in Kyoto.
ようやく暖かくなったり、またまた寒くなったりと安定しない気候ですが、如何おすごしですか?風邪などはひかれてないでしょうか?
Kamo river in winter
 

Kamoriver with snow
 

We did a few activities for fun during winter time and I would love to share those things with you.
京都の雪は儚く綺麗で、すごく寒かったです。そのさむーい冬の間に行った楽しいことのいくつかを今回の投稿ではお知らせしますね。

 

We made a Gojo Guest House original map about “Our Good Neighborhood”.
まずはわたくしども、五条ゲストハウスのオリジナルマップ!作りました。

Our new map named "Our Good Neighborhood" designed by SKKY

Our new map named “Our Good Neighborhood” designed by SKKY



It is all about our recommendations for shops and restaurants around the guest house. I think you know we are good for recommendations, right?

There are good coffee stands, cafe, Izakaya, restaurants, public baths, shops, and even some tips to enjoy the area with explanation in English and Japanese on the map. We hope you’ll grab the local guide map and explore the alternative Gojo area.

You can get the map at receptions of Gojo Guest House and Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX. (After reading it, we are so happy if you’ll give the map to your friend who plans to visit Kyoto )

こちら我々のおすすめ五条エリアの情報が偏った感じで載っています。自分たちがよく行くお店や場所しかのせてないので、一般的な観光ガイドとはほど遠いセレクションですが、その分面白いものが出来たのではないかと自負しております。すてきなデザインはiTohenのSKKYさん。

五条ゲストハウスと五条ゲストハウス別館の受付にて配布しておりますので、興味がありましたらお声がけ下さい。地図を片手に辺りを散歩すれば、いつもとちょっと違うローカルな京都が楽しめると思います。

ちなみに僕のおすすめは本館なら市川屋珈琲で大福かフルーツサンドイッチに珈琲で腹ごしらえしたあと、河井寛次郎記念館を堪能、五条モール(定休日に注意)を覗きつつ、サウナの梅湯でさっぱりと汗を流し、午後から営業している煮込み屋六軒でほろ酔い、エフィッシュで鴨川を眺めながら珈琲で酔い冷ましのコース。別館ならば、アラビカのラテで目を冷まし、ゆたか屋でおばんざいのお昼ごはん、あじき路地や裏具を覗いた後、建仁寺のお庭に癒され、帰り道で八百屋さん”五馬”(4時頃閉店)とハッピー六原によって食材を購入→別館の広いキッチンで自炊。夜にみきやで飲んで、大黒湯の熱いお湯でさっぱりとするコースでしょうか。全て地図にのっているお店です。

 

 

At Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX, we have a new garden!

別館のお庭が変わりました!

Japanese style garden at ANNEX



We went to forest to pick the moss on February with my friend Mr. Kobayashi who is a gardener. The garden is his first work after independent form his master. We love the garden and the moss which is so soft. Hope you’ll like it too!

2月の寒い日に友人で庭師、達造園の小林さんと皆で苔を山へ採りに行くところからはじめたのですが、予想を上回る素晴らしい出来栄えになりました。早く暖かい日差しを浴びながらお茶を手に庭を眺めたいものです。上手く育てば春にはドウダンツツジに新芽が出て、夏には涼し気な葉が茂り、秋には紅葉するお庭、根本にはふわふわした手触りの様々な種類の苔がゲストを楽しませてくれると思います。

 

Looking forward to having its leaves on spring

In spring it has fresh leaves, in summer with green leaves, and it turns red in autumn



I’m looking forward to having spring and seeing you here!!

Have a good day and good trip: )

 
February 21, 2017

Introduce myself.

Hi everyone,
How ya goin’?
How was your day?

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I’m Takuma from Osaka, just call me Taku.
I am a new staff having worked in Gojo guesthouse since July last year.
I’ve just found a new house in Kyoto and recently I often go out in Kyoto.
So I would like to tell you my recommendations.

 

One is a bottle shop called Matsukawa sake ten
I like the old atmosphere and people and style of drinking in the bottle shop.

you drink with standing and need to find a tray and glass and take foods and drinks you want from a fridge

and put them on your tray and meet and talk with local people.

when you wanna check the bill, call the old lady and she will calculate for you with an old soroban(abacus)

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Second one is a Betayaki restaurant called Masa.

Betayaki is one of traditional foods in Kyoto. Okonomiyaki and Hiroshimayaki is originally come from Betayaki. The restaurant is small and cosy and quite old.A guy run the restaurant. He has strong passion for Betayaki.
He wants you to eat betayaki in a traditional way and want you to know it.
So I eat betayaki with a kote(spatula) not chopstick.

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Third one is just chilling out by the river called Kamogawa in the central.
For me, drinking and taking a nap by the river (or walking, cycling) are nice things to do.
If you go north along the river, you will see many nature scenery.
One day, I went to cycle to the north of the river with my friends, and was swimming

in the river and then we saw a huge natural monster called Oosansyouuo

(giannt salamander)which is one of Japanese natural monument.

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Forth one is going to small towns and villages in low season.
I went to a peaceful village called Ohara in Kyoto .
I found a silent water fall and beautiful wooden temple with no paint.
And I took a nap next to a field around greens with nice view.
I had just chill time and peaceful time.
It is imortant to me.

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Thank you for reading my first writing the blog.
When you see a staff who has Australian accent in Gojo, It’s me haha
Just come and see me.
See you later mate!!

Taku

http://gojo-guest-house.com

 

 
November 27, 2016

Limited edition, autumn in kyoto

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Between zen and visual impact

I was so exciting at the moment when I got on the train.

It was a raining day, but I was so happy it rained,which means there would be less people and I would be able to sit in the temple quietly and enjoy the peacefulness.

The goal is to visit Rurikoin, a temple that only open short term to public in spring and autumn.

Along Takano(gawa) River bank, running water competing with the colorful leaves, great Hiezan mountain in the background, RurikoIn is located in Yase area, a good picnic spot in summer time as well.

When we were at the entrance of RurikoIn temple, we first walked through stone stairs, then across a bridge, I stopped here because of the Koi  fish. They were swimming in the pound like there is nothing else in the world could bother him. Then I took off the shoes, and enter the building of RurikoIn. The astonishing view caught my breathe the moment I walked up to second floor.

 

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The shining wooden floor is reflecting the great view outside of the window. It is like extending scenery. The artwork is completed. It is too much for me. Time stopped here.

 

I don’t remember how long I had been sitting here. I could hear only wind and rain drops. I felt peacefulness when I was writing a Buddhist scriptures. We were requested to write our wishes at the end, and then this script will be devoted to Buddha. I didn’t write anything down because I fell happiness and grateful already. There is nothing else to ask for.I walked down stair to see the garden more closely.Here the temple provide warm Japanese tea. You can sit down and relax.

I am not sure if you can see it from the first photo. There is a giant stone in the center of the garden. Ruri , the name of this temple origin from this glass shinning stone. When it rains, this stone shines brightly. Therefore, this temple is called RurikoIn, the shrining glass stone.
When I sat here, I heard the monk chanting, a melody of Zen. The combination of sand garden and moss. It’s been the best raining day.

Wish you can see this beautiful view and find the peacefulness in Kyoto.

 

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How to go to RurikoIn

From Gojo Guest house, walk 3 mins to Keihan train Kiomizugojo station, take 10min train to Demachi-yanagi Station; and then get on Eizan Electric Railway(for Yase-Hieizanguchi) to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station. It takes 5 minutes on foot from the station.

http://gojo-guest-house.com

 
November 19, 2016

We redesigned our website!

000001 It has been a while since we updated our blog last time!

Recently it’s getting busy for tourist in Kyoto because of Autumn red leaves season.

It’s beautiful.

Nothing changed in our place.

People always come and stay then leave.

Wish you have a good meeting here in Kyoto.

Cheers.

Gojo guest house

http://gojo-guest-house.com

 
February 03, 2016

Life in Kyoto as a Helper Staff

Hi.
   My name is Martin and I have gotten the wonderful opportunity to work as a helper staff here at Gojo Guest House.
   Soon to be three weeks ago, I left my windy and small home town on the Swedish west coast and headed towards Japan. I quit my job, said goodbye to my family and at the moment I don’t have any idea when I’ll set foot on Swedish soil again. It’s absolutely terrifying at times, but for the most part it’s an incredible experience.
   This is my second time in Japan and at Gojo. During my first visit in Spring, I heard that they offered the opportunity to come here as helper staff and I pretty much made up my mind right at that moment that I’d be back in the fall if they would have me.
   The wonderful staff, the smiling locals, the amazing guests and of course the beautiful city, that is Kyoto, makes this one of the best locations to experience traditional Japan. With 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400Shinto shrines, it feels very good to spend the majority of my 82days in Japan, in Kyoto.
   Kyoto has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for spectacular history, rowdy “izakaya”, wonderful craft beer or incredible vintage and handicraft markets. You will find it all here and so much more.
   So take the chance, come to Japan and Kyoto, and fall in love with the city and Gojo Guest House. Or if you are already here, come by and share your stories over an excellent cup of coffee.
   I really hope I will get the chance to meet you.
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Martin

3-396-2, Gojobashi higashi, Higashiyama ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0846 Tel/Fax:075-525-2299(Domestic), 81-75-525-2299(Overseas) E-mail:stay@gojo-guest-house.com http://www.gojo-guest-house.com

 
November 09, 2015

サイモンとアイロン

先日のはなし。

別館のリビングで枕カバーにアイロンをかけていた時、「終わったら僕にもアイロン貸して」と声をかけてきたゲストがいました。彼はフィンランドから来た20代前半くらいの男の子3人組のうちのひとりです。何にアイロンを使うのだろうと見ていたら、1枚のシャツに丁寧にアイロンをかけはじめました。

シャツを普段着て、自分でアイロンをかける方ならわかると思いますが、洗濯の度にアイロンをすることって結構手間なんですよね。綺麗に仕上げるためには襟、肩、袖、身ごろとうまくシワを伸ばす必要がありますし、時間もかかります。

旅先できちんとアイロンをかけるなんてすごいなあと感心して褒めたら、それは父からの教えなんだと彼は言いました。お父さんから、たとえ旅先でもきちんとシャツを着るよう教わったとのことです。そしておそらくはアイロンのかけ方も。

それってオールドスタイルかもしれないけれど、僕はそれが気に入っているんだと答える彼。

僕も普段シャツを着ることが好きなので、共感とともにこの北国からやってきた若者はどういった人なんだろうと興味がわき、普段どんな音楽を聴いているの?と尋ねてみました。人となりの手がかりを得るために、好きな音楽の話しをするのは意外に楽しく有効で、予期せぬ共通の好みなど会話が弾むこともあるからです。生まれも育った環境も違う者同士がよくする会話の一つです。

僕の質問に彼は少し考えてからこう言いました。「あんまり激しい音楽やクラブミュージックは好みじゃなくて、例えばこんな音楽を聴いて僕は育ったんだよ」と、居間に置いてあるレコードコレクションから1枚を抜き出してくれました。「多分まわりとはちょっと変わった好みかもしれないけれど、こういうのが好きなんだ」と答える彼。

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京都は今日も雨降りです。静かな別館の受付に座り、BGMにサイモン・アンド・ガーファンクルを流しながら、遠いフィンランドのことと、この机でアイロンをかける彼の姿を思い出しました。彼を見習い今日はシャツを着て、いつもより少しだけ姿勢を正して受付に座っています。

 
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