Kyoto, Japan - April 2005
Shrine, known for its gardens and pools, was packed with visitors.
Supposedly if you make it across the stepping stones in the pools, you
will find your perfect mate!
the same compound as Sanju-Sangendo Hall, there were other temples and
shrines.The hall itself is a long wooden hall of 1,001 statues of
Kannon surrounding a huge Buddha. The cemetery on the left sat off the
hill from Kiyomizu Temple
are over 1500 shrines and 600 temples in Kyoto, so there literally is
one on every corner. Followers could be seen regularly worshipping at
their various altars, ringing bells, throwing or drinking holy water,
and lighting candles.
pictures don't do the cherry blossoms justice as they were blooming
every where up and down the river and canals, and all throughout the
city. Many of the shrines had hundreds of small idols to other gods
surrounding a larger Buddha figure.
could even take a canal boat ride through the cherry blossoms!
visit is complete without a look at the interesting food that is
available. A treat for this time of year in the middle are some kind of
pickles, while I couldn't tell you what this coated item is on the
right; I looked at it a long time too and couldn't determine if it was
fish or vegetable!
just liked this picture of a market front where they were sorting the
goods brought in from the market. The baskets were at a lot of the
stores, so apparently a common way to carry goods.
again, the pictures don't do justice to the number of bicycles there
really was. This is a bike parking lot on the left and just a row of
bikes after bike on one of the side streets.
is supposed to be a traditional Japanese town, but that apparently
doesn't mean it isn't packed with people and traffic! There were a lot
of visitors in town though for it was a big tourist season time.
shrine/temple seemed to have a patron god, but I don't know the
significance. This one was the boar, maybe after the animals in the
yearly calendars. Each of the papers is a prayer or request to the
particular god at that temple.
geisha aren't real, but they look pretty anyway!
You can dress up and play geisha for the day for about $150.
The riverwalk is pretty though.
so you don't forget, there is poverty and people
in need everywhere, and here was no different.
temple on the left is Kiyomizu Temple, way at the top of a long narrow
street full of vendors. It has a great view out across the valley
dotted with cherry blossom trees. The right picture is a fountain
inside Heian Shrine where people are drinking holy water and tieing
request on the frame on the left.
a shot of some traditional Japanese ladies headed to a ceremony in the
park and another shrine on the corner. I found that if you used them to
remind yourself to say a prayer to God every time you passed one, or to
thank Him for something, you were pretty much praying without ceasing
I have lots more pictures, but just wanted to put up a few to give you
an idea of what it was like!