4.14.2010

Turning Japanese, #3.


Kiyomizu Temple grounds


their famous veranda - as I understand it, "taking a leap" from this veranda is a phrase that means to do something risky or out of faith. it's a big risk, you can't predict the outcome, but you do it anyways


don't look down, it is a pretty big leap


that same veranda from another viewpoint


Kiyomizu means "pure water". there is a very pure source in the mountains with three streams, which now stand for health, wealth, and wisdom. drink from all three streams and you'll be granted those. Thirsty?


the cherry blossoms were just about to burst out


shogun's castle - very cool place


even a shogun needs a pretty garden


and two, not just one, moats (inner and outer)


Golden Temple grounds, truly gilded temple


not a huge place, but def very shiny

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