Sam & Ben bowing to the shrine god of Tsukiji (praying for good fresh fish – luckily that was granted!)
Sam & Katie walking through a shrine thing for good luck.
The shrine god himself.
Lanterns at 3 am!
My first glimpse of Kyoto! The train station building. Pretty cool actually.
The Kyoto Tower – you see it as soon as you walk out the station.
The amusing French sculptures outside of Kyoto city hall
Kyoto City hall itself!
Ahh palm trees- why on earth are they there? But I was amused.
This one is self explanatory I think…
You see this guy as soon as you enter into the market. He's awesome.
Giant Moving Crab. Enough said.
This is the actual shopping street – everything from boots to funny hats to souvenirs
Cool dragon shrine guy. At most shrines they have this kind of a set up so you can wash your hands and mouth before you go into the shrine.
Graveyard tucked in between the shops
See that rainbow hanging on the left? It's the temple the photos above came from. YEP, that's how it works on this street… shop, shop, temple, shop
The last temple I saw that day.
My room at the Ryokan (a Japanese hotel) Every night you fold your bed out onto the tatami floors, and the rest of the time it's this big room. Perfectly clean and neat. :D Oh, and the hotel had a private bath downstairs – I used it two nights out of three – sitting in the super warm water for half an hour.
This is Kinkajuji – the Golden Pavillion. First on my list of sights because Mishima wrote a book about it, and it was awesome.
The strange formations on the super reflective water are ice. The whole scene was breathtaking.
This guy actually flew across the water for us (of course impossible to photograph with my crappy camera) but I got him on his way to the edge of the water.
This is the first of LITERALLY 50 or so gratuitous garden photographs. Sorry guys, they're totally my visual kink. Eventually I kind of stopped going into the temples themselves and just wandered around the gardens.
Just a neighborhood shrine. But it was pretty.
One of the most famous rock gardens in Japan, supposedly created at the end of the Muromachi period by Zen monk Tokuho Zenketsu. — at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
The inscription is "I learn only to be contented" (ie: she who learns only to be content is spiritually rich)
Look at those striations!
Ninna-ji - an absolutely huge temple complex. I lost hours here. And here was the first site that greeted me
Ninna-ji tower - apparently unique because of the very similar size of all four roofs (difficult to do that, and still have it stand properly)
The garden at Ninna-ji – if you look closely in this picture you can see the woman in kimono standing on the porch of the building.
Really for my mom – these panels have cranes flying over a tree with snow
After wandering around the North west corner of the city for the day I decided to tour around Gion and ended up at Yasaka-jinja that was lit up like a candle that night.
These are prayer placards – you write your wishes and hopes on them
Gion district - looking down Shijo-dori lit up at night.
Neighborhood shrine along Shimbashi-dori
Shimbashi-dori at night. According to Lonely Planet's Kyoto City guide it's the most beautiful street in Japan. It was AWFULLY pretty but I don't know if I'd go quite that far.
Hilarious sculpture! In front of a restaurant! No, I did not eat there.
Neighborhood shrine in Arashiyama — at Arashiyama, Kyoto Japan.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Yes it is more awesome than it looks.
This is the entrance to the garden stroll at Okochisanso Villa (built by actor Okochi Denjiro who was famous for samurai films)
SO worth it. The whole thing is on a mountain top and the trails wind all over the place.
They come out at the actual shrine that inspired Denjiro to build the garden in the first place
It may have been winter but moss covered the ground everywhere I went.
The view off one side of the mountains.
The view off of Denjiro's meditation seat on the other - the city of Kyoto spreads out in the valley below.
Rakushisha - the hut of Mukai Kyorai, disciple of poet Basho. This stone is actually reflecting one of Basho's poems:
trace of a poem card
torn off the wall
(this is the official translation)
This is a "gorinto" (five stone monument) called "haijin to" (monument for haiku poets) erected by Kudo Shiranshi dedicated to haiku poets in the past, present and future
Gio-Ji temple's moss garden.
The shrine is famous because the Heian-era dancer Gio committed herself here at 21 after her romance with Taira-no-Kiyomori (commander of the Heike clan in Tale of Heike) ended.
And a display of all the mosses in the garden
Adashino Nembutsu-ji - where the abandoned bones of paupers without kin were gathered. All the stones you see here are images dedicated to the repose of their spirits.
Apparently there are more than 8000 of them
Ikebana at Adashino Nembutsu-ji
And that's where I'm going to end this set today. Rest up tomorrow or when I get the chance!
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