Let’s continue with Kyoto.
This is the Kamogawa, the river that runs through Kyoto. There were quite a few people sitting around on the banks, enjoying the evening air. According to Yang and Danny, on the weekend there were far more people than that, and even some buskers.
* The “dori” indicates street/road/avenue. So, Shijo Dori (or Shijo-dori; I don’t really know which is a better way to romanise it) means Shijo Street or Shijo Avenue.
I didn’t note the road name when we were there, but judging by the position of Chugenji Temple on Google Maps, this was on Yamato Oji Dori. “Beautification Enforcement.” haha And they just had to have a rather appealing little stick figure there sweeping the floor.
Approaching Yasaka Pagoda. I put up a brighter, more saturated-colour picture of this earlier here (a pic that was taken with my iPhone).
We walked on (took a left at the Yasaka Pagoda) and eventually arrived at Yasaka-jinja‘s side gate as night fell.
*stares at lanterns* Well, the second from the left reads “Pachinko F-1”. lol The first on the right reads Rumapuraza Sauna. Ruma Plaza Sauna? I wonder if the lanterns are sponsored by certain people/companies. That would explain the different labels.
The main hall, with three large and long ropes attached to bells. You’re supposed to clap, ring the bell, pray silently and then clap again or something like that. I’m not sure of the exact procedures.
Senja-fuda on the roof of the chouzuya. (Senja-fuda are “name stickers that pilgrims paste or stick on the temple gate or shrine gate to prove that they visited that location. In modern times, most pilgrimage sites no longer allow this, primarily as a means for protecting the aging temple/shrine structures.” [source] )
That concludes Day 2 of my Japan trip! (After looking up the road names and stuff, I feel like it’s gonna be a waste if I don’t ever go there again… *wants to go to Kyoto again* )