Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Streets of Kyoto

As we were walking to the next temple, we were all wondering if we would see any Geisha.  Ironically, just a few seconds later…our question was answered.  I wasn’t prepared to take pictures (and felt awkward doing so), but I captured a little something!

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A Temple and a Shrine

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple… Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine… Over 10,000 torii gates can be seen at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.  Inari is the god of success and prosperity in business.  The torii gates are donated by a Japanese business or individual and people visit the shrine seeking a blessing for business success.

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Ryoanji Temple :||: The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon

From the brochure: This simple yet remarkable garden measures only 25 meters from east to west and 10 meters from south to north.  No trees are to be seen; only 15 rocks and white gravel are used in the garden.  This rock garden, surrounded by low earthen walls, may be thought of as the quintessence […]

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Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

Kinkaku-ji, a well-known temple in Kyoto, was the next stop on our tour of Osaka and Kyoto.  The temple is located in a beautiful garden and the top two stories are covered in pure gold leaf. Everyone was looking their best in the nice weather (warm temps, light rain and very high humidity).  The best […]

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Universal Studios Japan

Our next stop in Osaka was Universal Studios Japan.  A friend of ours works at Universal, so he graciously gave us free tickets!  Ironically enough, we were given free tickets (by a local news station) to Universal earlier in the day, so we were set with free entry no matter what!  Speaking of things being […]

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