2011年11月17日

Kiyomizu Temple-A Traditinal Power Spot

Kiyomizu Temple - A Traditional Power Spot.
It was a crisp Autum Morning. The sky was a shimmering deep blue. I decided to go to my favorite temple in Kyoto, to visit Juichimen Senju Kanon (the demi-god of salvation)
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This demi-god has 11 faces and 1000 arms,and uses them to help people in many different ways. Kiyomizu was built in the 8th centrury and is one of the most popular and beautiful temples all-year-round. I made a few riceballs and grabbed a bottle of tea, put then in my backpack and off I went.

I arrived in front of the huge shrine gate of Yasaka shrine which is at the East end of Shijo Street in Gion. This shrine is famous for the Gion Festival. The 32 gods of the Gion Festival floats reside in this shrine.
At the top of the stairs I found the two "Koma Inu." they are the deifies that protect the shrine. They remind of me the great Sphinx in egypt. I found a small cat looking up at a Komainu. I wonder what he was thinking? Looking up at the burning orange shrine gate contrasting against the autumun sky reminded me of why I love this city so much. :)
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This shrine is known for two things. One is the pure spring at the back of the main building know for its power of making people beatiful. I have seen some Maiko and Geisha come here and splash water on their faces. Of course they didn't have makeup on at that time. ;)

The other reason is because of " En Musubi." This is a power that allows people's relationships to become stronger. People come here to help them in business relationships as well as romance. Which do you think I'm here for.....? ;)))


After praying for (sorry.....I can't say or my wish won't come true) I rang the bell and headed out of the South gate towards Ishibei Kouji. It's about 200 meters on the left. This street is a gorgeous stone paved street lined with Kyoto's machiyas and leads me to "Nene No Michi." I can see a beautiful white wall which calms my heart every time I see it. I turn right there and wave to the people passing by in Rickshaws. Everyone looks so happy and content. In the distance, I can see the oldest 5-tiered Pagoda in Japan.
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I go a little further and can find many cute stores filled with small interesting Japanese trinkets. This is a great place to find something for the people you love. The problem is that this area is always filled with tourists tasting Kyoto's specialties and taking snapshots of each other. Personally, I like watching their fascinated faces. I walk up the slope to Kiyomizu Temple. The smell of incense and the sound of the temple bells welcome me to my second home in Kyoto. The fiery orange of the buildings and wild faces of the gargoyle-like creatures on the corners of the roofs always draw my attention. I have taken so many pictures of them but I can't stop myself. Actually, I see a Maiko walking past. Where's my camera????
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The stage of Kiyomizu temple is also a great place to take pictures. There is a fantastic panorama view of the Higashiyama mountains and Kyoto city. I can see the gorgeous red, yellow and orange leaves from this stage but this temple is even more beautiful in winter. The snow covered Kiyomizu temple is like something out of a fairytale. It is said that you might be able to see the snow princess from Japanese legends wandering through the forest below.
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MARUYAMA PARK IN WINTER
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