Kawadoko is the ingenious custom of dining on platforms built over a river which provides natural air conditioning during the hot summer months. We experienced kawadoko in Kibune, Japan, a small town in a valley just north of central Kyoto in early July.
From June to September, Kibune's restaurants build covered platforms -- Known as kawadoko -- out over the river where visitors can enjoy a meal as the water flows beneath them. Photograph by Michelle Wiese
“Agricultural City” by Kisho Kurokawa living units multiply spontaneously without any hierarchy, gradually bringing the village into being as the traditional rural settlement has developed throughout Japanese history.