Academic journal article Wagadu: a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

Turtle's Pace: Sunday, March 29, 2009

Academic journal article Wagadu: a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

Turtle's Pace: Sunday, March 29, 2009

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http://www.loriellis.com/loriellis.com/Kyoto_blog/Kyoto_blog.html

I've been giving a bit of thought to how and how fast people move through the city. Native Kyotoites have a relatively relaxed gait that takes them through daily travels whether walking downtown, in neighborhood streets, in the grocery store or to the bus stop. The pace picks up a bit in the subway at rush hour, but much less so than in New York. Contrary to that, it seems to be standard to walk/jog from place to place while involved in certain work activities.

An entirely different pace is practiced in restaurant service where movement is extraordinarily graceful and harmonious. During a tea ceremony or in a traditional restaurant there is yet another pace; tiny graceful steps, kneel on the tatami, put down items, slide open the shoji door, enter with tiny steps, kneel again, take items from outside to inside, close shoji, pick up items, walk with tiny steps, kneel on tatami, deliver items, etc.

Both national and international tourists seem to move according to their camera's pace. Walk quick, stop, photo; walk quick, stop, photo; walk quick, wait for someone else to finish photo; walk quick to next photo. …

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