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On the left bank of the Kamo River, is the "Quartier Latin" of Kyoto.

Kyoto University was founded in 1897 as the second Imperial University of Japan. And even to this day, it is known as one of the most prestigious national universities in Japan that has produced five Nobel scientist.

Like the Latin Quarter of Paris, there are some institutes (such as the Goethe Institut and L'institut Franco-Japonais), bookstores and cafés in the area around the Kyoto University.
And also like the Latin Quarter of Paris, student revolutionists clashed with riot police several times on the roads in 1960's.

But the age of fire bottles and tear-gas grenades have ended before I was born. To me, though it was impossible to be admitted to the Kyoto Univeisity -- it's so interesting and excite intellectual curiosity to walk around this area. I like to buy second-hand books and read it in a café near the campus.

This picture is taken on a alley near the Hyakumanben intersection. A building at the centre of the picture is a student dormitory that seems to be built in 1930's. And in the right, a small building with greenery is a bistro where you can enjoy the western style lunch at a low price.

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