I can’t believe that my last press was 10 months ago (wow!), about Kazimierz The Jewish Quarter which I visited last Autumn. Been venturing nearer home after Eastern Europe – to Bangkok/Hua Hin in Jan, Kyoto/Osaka in Jul and recently Macau/Hong Kong in Sep.
Took a 6 months break (alas) from long vacation in between, no thanks to work. Still blogged, now and then, at my other blog Long Vacation but never really got back into the groove to want to press. Till recently. Getting home earlier helps. Staying in on weekends helps. So here I am, ready to press about Kyoto/Osaka.
How I feel about Kyoto, of an ancient city home to so many UNESCO heritage sites is complicated. I like walking through old towns and into cathedrals in Europe. The centuries-old streets, temples and shrines in Kyoto left me feeling undecided. Maybe there will be greater clarity as I press, I hope. Sometimes, I find myself in words.
So at least 1 press per week (my promise to self). And it’s always easier to start with a picture gallery. So here’s one of Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺 which translate to Pure Water Temple) in Kyoto – the first temple I visited in my first visit to Japan – where I discovered many wishes to be made!
Walked through a street to get to Kiyomizudera. This is the more neighbourhoodly side of the famous temple.
Spotted a quirky looking shop on the way.
Hello! I am finally at the main entrance of Kiyomizudera!
Great view from Kiyomizudera! See the view beyond the shopping street into the mountain? Wish I had taken a few more shots as it disappeared behind the fog when I returned later.
There are so so many ways to have a wish in Japanese temples and shrines!
Inside Kiyomizudera. Very very simple interior, unlike some of the temples in China and cathedrals in Europe. It was drizzling by now – see the raindrops falling on the roof?
View from the main temple overlooking the huge temple compound.
Cleanse your hands, quench your thirst, make a wish.
May your wish come true! Write it down on a lucky charm and let it be blessed in the temple.
Striking a touristy post.
Love is blind. Legend has it that if you can walk blindfolded from 1 stone to this one, you will find your true love….
Jishu Shrine – dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking.
Joined the long queue to be blessed by the streams from Otowa Waterfall. Longevity, Good results, Love – I know not which stream I chose. Interesting that the cups are returned to sterilising machine so they are cleaned for the next users.
The main temple from the other side. So so green.
Parting shot of Kiyomizudera before wandering into the shopping street. So so crowded!
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