Along a narrow north-south side street in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, an Italian restaurant is fighting the scourge of bicycle parking congestion.
Osaka is more intense than Kyoto, in every way.
In terms of cycling, it is paradise and hell.
The city is flat and compact: perfect for biking. And everyone does.
That means that sidewalks and any open space are clogged with parked bikes.
This restaurant, a few blocks east of the Daimaru Department Store in Shinsaibashi took measures into its own hands.
The fence is an architectural allusion to the "inuyarai" - elegant curved bamboo fences to keep the dogs away - that front many of Kyoto's famed machiya town houses in Gion and elsewhere.
In Kyoto, the purpose is to prevent dogs and drunken salarymen from urinating on the house. In Osaka, it is to prevent cyclists from parking (and drunken salarymen from urinating on the building).
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