The mysterious Oriental tour of Kyoto, the ancient capital in Japan. 'Onmyoji', the Yin-Yang Master, is a Japanese fortuneteller based on feng-shui (geomancy), and was especially active in Kyoto, which had been the capital for 1,000 years. Every track name and concept is associated with a famous and traditional place in Kyoto. So whenever you listen to each track, you will be taken on the mysterious trip -- starting from 'Rashomon'(#1), the southern tip of Kyoto, then moving in the east-west direction and finally up to 'Kifuneyama'(#12), the north end of the ancient capital. #1 [Rashomon] 'Rashomon' was the gate of old Japanese capital 'Heiankyo', which had been prospered for twenteen hundreds years. The gate located south of the capital and the mistery tour in Kyoto starts here. Rhythmical raps followed by catchy melody support the opening of this album. #2 [Heiankyo] Inspired from the building of Kyoto Station, which represents todays gate of Kyoto. Enjoy the contrast of tight trance rhythm and graceful Japanese feelings. #3 [Kyoto Tower] The Kyoto Tower, build in 1965, is enterance of today's Kyoto. Traditional Japanese instruments decorates this romantic ballad which reminds of Xmas seasons. #4 [Kiyomizudera] A few kilometers east from Kyoto Tower is the 'Kiyomizu-dera' Temple, a World Heritage Site, constructed on a hill with a view of the Kyoto City. Besed on Chinise-inspired musical scale, the sounds of Techno and Rock are performed alternately. #5 [Sanneizaka] North from Kiyomizudera, there is a sloping road named 'San-nei-zaka.' Superstition has it that if one have slipped up on the slope, he or she will pass away within three years. In this number, based on R&B sound, Japanese feelings are expressed without Japanese instruments. #6 [Gion Matsuri] Travelling up north from San-nei-zaka, we come to Yasaka Shrine, where The Gion Matsuri (Festival) is held throughout the entire month of July. The festival is one of the three major festivals in Japan, which exciting feelings are described on the rhythm of drum'n bass. #7 [Kawaramachi] Near the Yasaka Shrine, there is a entertainment town called 'Kawaramachi', the largest one in Kyoto. Against the tastes of the old capital, the air of outlaw floats around the town. This number describes the atomsphere with the hard rap and heavy guitar riffs. #8 [Demachiyanagi] In the area 'Demachi-Yanagi', a few kilometer north from Kawaramachi, there is a confluence of two rivers. This song is mainly performed with the piano and exceptionally without the guitar. #9 [Kaiko No Yashiro] Going to the west, now the location of the tour is 'Kaiko-no-Yashiro', which has a strange-shaped 'torii', a shrine gate. The '60s rock 'n' roll sound speeds up toward the ending of the song. #10 [Maru-Take-Ebisu] 'Maru-Take-Ebisu' is originally an old counting rhymes to memorize the names of ten major streets in Kyoto City. This number, including the phrase of the rhymes, creates fantastic atmosphere. #11 [Onmyoji] The title song of this album. Psychedelic sound, R&B rhythms and also Japanese scale are put together into the mysterious music. It is a good match for 'Onmyoji', Yin-Yang master. #12 [Kifuneyama] 'Kifuneyama' is a mountain located north of Kyoto City and is the ending point of the mystery tour. Light and catchy sounds as for the last number of the album.
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