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Notes on the Geography of Japan: Kyoto: Photo 2

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This lane has less character than the one in the previous picture, but it's more typical of Kyoto, whose street layout was imported from Tang China (specifically from Ch'ang-an, near present-day Xian) and consists of square blocks. Eight (in some cases sixteen) of these squares ("tsubo") are nested in larger squares ("bo"), which themselves are bounded by wide streets ("oji"). That's why this quiet lane, separating two tsubo, is as quiet as it is, despite being only a few blocks from the railway station.

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