Saturday, October 1, 2011

Temple Time!

Hi everyone!

When I say Kyoto, what is the first thing to pop into your head? Nothing? How about a clue: There are literally hundreds of these all over the city, and they are all quite beautiful to look at. They are supposed to fill a religious purpose, but most people seem to just see them as a nice tourist spot or an interesting diversion.

I am talking, of course, about temples. Be it a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple, Kyoto has them in droves. And today, it just so happened that I went to visit one of them. Finally.

Well, to be fair, I have been to some temples and shrines before, when I was in Japan last summer. But, today was the first time I visited one since I came here, and it was about time. The temple in question is called 仁和寺 (Ninnaji) and was founded in the year 888, and has been expanded several times since then. In 1994, Ninnaji was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It was really beautiful, and the weather was perfect. Not to hot, but still sunny and bright.




After that, I took my bike and went for a ride through town. In all, a pretty nice day. How has your day been?

Until next time, have a good day!

14 comments:

  1. Ahhh man that is a really nice place :) I'm beyond envious. I will see it for myself one day.

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  2. awesome, i need to go here someday

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  3. Wonderful pictures :) Good job on doing some form of cardio. My day was great, saturday is relaxing.

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  4. This looks fairly nice. Unlike the temples we saw in China filled with gaudy merchandise and paid monks.

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  5. Rurouni Kenshin is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Kyoto.

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  6. I know Kyoto by Kyoto ring track!

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  7. When you say Tokyo I say Shibuya! :D

    And earthquakes..

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  8. Most impressive is that the buildings are made from pieces of wood joining them with pressure, no nails or anything like that

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  9. i would totally kill to go around japan looking at things like this and crazy people, and i would actually watch TV there their game shows are hillarious

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