Thursday, September 1, 2011
Kyoto - the second day
Another day, a whole bunch more temples and shrines and empress's gardens.
He's not pulling a Narcissus, he's just being a good sport and pretending to pick a water lily.
Remember, someone purposely placed each of those stones.
A super cool tree on the edge of a temple complex.
The whole "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil" monkey thing is pretty popular here. I have no idea what the colorful hanging pillow things are in the background but there was a guy near by selling them so they must be an offering you can leave.
It is considered good luck for your health to drink the water from this spring. First you reach out the can to fill with the water, dump it on your hands to clean them, fill it up again, and them pour the water in your hands to drink. There was also a thoroughly modern UV cleaning system you inserted your cup into after you were done. The site was established in 798 so people have been drinking that special water for quite some time.
This is a good picture to describe what Kyoto was like - lots of people, the occasional yukata, lots of opportunities to buy chotskies.
While on our way to a shrine I turned to the right and was very surprised to see the giant Kannon sculpture. Kannon is a bodhisattva of compassion. I included the car and building to give you an idea of scale. The place was already closed for the night so this was the closest picture I could take.