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The Temple Of Pure Water

A grand viewing deck to commune with nature. That is the principal attraction of Kiyomizu-dera (Clear Water Temple), a Buddhist shrine near Kyoto, founded in 798 AD, whose main hall is dedicated to the eleven headed, thousand armed Bodhisattva. Highly venerated for its wish granting abilities, and brought out for public viewing only a few times a…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite

“What you see, but can’t see over, is as good as infinite.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Thank you for visiting and have a great weekened 🙂 Related articles: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside

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The Cleansing Waters Of The Temizuya

Ritual cleansing prior to worship, is an age old practice. The use of water to purify oneself, being obligatory in most world religions until today. Traditionally, this purification was done at a river, stream or seashore.  As religions evolved, ablution fountains and Lavers started appearing in the outer courts of places of worship. The temple tank…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

An illuminated arcade in Gion, Kyoto. Thank you for visiting, and have a great weekend 🙂 And don’t forget to check out all the other illuminations here Related articles: Tis The Season In Bangkok Shinjuku By Night The Takayama Autumn Festival

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

I know I did say my previous post was going to be my last for a while, but I just couldn’t resist taking part in this weeks challenge 🙂 Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend. And don’t forget to check out other reflections here. Related posts: Reflections Sunday Post Reflections

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Jinrikisha – The Pulled Rickshaw

I had assumed for some reason, that the word ‘Rickshaw’ was an Indian export to the English language. Much like Bandanna, Khaki, Pyjamas or even Cot! (R thought that was dumb, because “it is so patently Chinese” ) I was also under the impression that the hand pulled Rickshaws had been banned or discontinued around the…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Foreign

When we stopped at a tea shop in Kyoto to taste traditional Uji Matcha the local specialty green tea, I thought ‘How different can it be?”.  Believe me, it was different…..soupy and very bitter! And this was Usu-cha (the weaker version)!! Thankfully the sweet accompaniments – including a painted rice cookie – traditionally served to balance the bitterness, were delicious and very…

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Two’s company……

Proof that blogging influences one’s perspective on travel, can be found in the increased number of ‘people’ pictures in my Japan album. Never have I been so aware of the people around me. And the gentle, gracious, courteous citizens of Japan were a joy to chronicle, despite the language barrier. These loving couples seemed to…

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