Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sites : Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

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Kinkaku-ji Temple (the Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan
(A UNESCO Heritage Site)


We entered the grounds of the Kinkakuji, to a lush grounds, rounded a corner to be greeted by a nice pond - with a crane on a small islet.


We were strolling, basking in the sun that was peeping through the foilage.


 AND came upon the GOLDEN PAVILION. The beauty of this shrine, changed my mind and -


- and I was interested in temples again.

I can't help but post more photos of it.

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Sites : Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan

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Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan
The Todaiji Temple, Nara
We took a 45 min. JR train ride from Kyoto to JR Nara station, left our luggage there and boarded a cab to the Todaiji Temple. The temple is old, one of the oldest in Japan, with construction starting around 1,500 years ago.


An imposing Todaiji
The Todaiji is immense and tall. It stands about 10-stories high. It looks gigantic sitting on its large lawn which is purposely devoid of many trees.

The temples is within the larger Nara park. A tree-line boulevard leads from the main road to the entrance gate. Along this boulevard just before the temple gate, stalls can be seen selling souvenirs and crackers.
Lynn wanted some snacks and approached a cracker stall to buy some. Oops! These crackers are not for human consumption but for the deer living just outside the temple walls.

Yes, there are deer within Nara Park. They are tame and friendly. But sometimes overly friendly, as Cheong found out. One came next to him and started nuzzling his ears.

This is an extract from my travel blog Japan : Kyoto/Osaka - Day 5


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Sites : Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan

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The Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan
7th May, 2012

Kiyomizu Temple viewed from annex building.
Having finished the sandwiches for lunch (we have learnt to be spartan like the Japanese), it was to the Kiyomize TempleThe temple is located on the eastern outskirts of Kyoto and sits on a lush-green,hill slope, affording one a magnificent view of Kyoto.
The gang at Kiyomizu's entrance

Landscaped Grounds at Kiyomizu
Walking around the ample, green grounds of the temple, our tired feet (from Johnny Walker's 3-hour walking tour earlier in the day) were soon a thing of the past. Somehow we felt serene and eager to see more.

Fountain Shrine at Kiyomizu
There is even a shrine with natural stream water coming out for drinking per the Shinto Custom.

Going through Shinto Ritual of drinking water
We joined the long queue and drank in some blessings too.
(This is an extract from my travel-blog Kyoto/Osaka - Day 3)

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