Kyoto in several thousand words

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Neighborhood

I went for a run this evening.

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I haven’t written that much about my neighborhood, but there is definitely something eerie about it.

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Very peaceful, very beautiful and calm, but… almost on the border of something.

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The cicadas sound deafening along the river. It’s a kind of shimmering sound that comes in waves.

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Spiders claim small territories, overlapping fiefdoms right next to the other.

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Right next to the river are little fishing shelters. Some have tables and chairs, where people sit and drink and fish on the weekend.IMG_20160805_185735356_HDR

At dusk, these shelters are bequeathed to the cats.

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There are many feral cats here. Generations of them growing up along side the river. They are very skittish, but will watch you without running.IMG_20160805_185827163_HDR

I’m not a superstitious person, but walking home after the sun went down, I passed a cat sitting to the side of the road. I almost expected him to say something to me. He didn’t run as I approached, just watched me placidly until I passed.