Japan: Day 2 – Kyoto (2)

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.

You can randomly find small shrines or temples around Kyoto. We came across this one somewhere in Gion, around Shijo Dori*. Chugenji Temple, is what it was called.

* 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.

Part of Shijo Dori. (There were more cars than that; I just happened to catch a “blank” moment.)

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.

Yamato Oji Dori. We saw a geisha/maiko somewhere here, but she hurried away into a restaurant since there were lots of other tourists gawking at her too. Must be tough being a geisha these days…

Still somewhere down the same street.

I found that triangular weight hanging below the lantern interesting.

Stumbled upon Kenninji Temple. We were literally just almost aimlessly wandering down the street and came across it.

A signboard indicating Yasaka Dori along the main road Higashi Oji Dori.

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.

Pretty lanterns made for pretty photos. I’ve another lovely one that I’m gonna keep specifically for my artblog. haha

The dance stage.

*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.

The chouzuya at the main entrance, where you’re supposed to take the water to purify yourself before going into the temple.

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] )

Back on Shijo Dori. Note the very neat and tidy arrangement of the cylindrical lamps and the little square signboards.

Kamogawa by night.

Some random side street.

Teramachi Dori, a shopping street where we had dinner.

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* )


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