In 2001, my father and I spent several days in Kyoto and the highlight of our trip was a kaiseki restaurant. In my notebooks, I have the name of the place written down as "Misougawa"
It was a French/Japanese fusion dinner, and my dad and I were perhaps the only gaijin in the place. The restaurant was located off a pedestrian mall next to the Kamo? river... The cab driver dropped us off two blocks away and told us where to find the virtually unmarked front door.
The food was an excellent fusion of French and Japanese... I remember a lot of cream-based soups and interesting seafood presentation. The chef himself came out to talk with us, and told us about his wine-tasting forays through the south of France.
For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this place. I've lost the box of credit card receipts, so I can't track it down that way. Can anyone help? Does this ring a bell with anyone local?