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Ever dine atop a waterfall? How about slurp noodles delivered to you through a tangle of bamboo pipes? You can do both at Hirobun, located just 30 minutes outside Kyoto. The restaurant is a hybrid of two “only in Japan” dining genres: Kawadoko, which means “place at the river, " and allows diners to eat on platforms built over rushing cool streams of water. The second genre is somen-nagashi, where thin white wheat flour noodles are “flushed” down waterslide-like tubes towards diners who await their splashy arrival with open chopsticks and bowls of mentsuyu sauce and garnishes for dipping. Each diner gets his own noodle tube, so germaphboes can relax.