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Kinkaku-ji — The garden of harmony between heaven and earth Special

Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji is among the most beautiful places in Kyoto. The location is a Zen garden with a pretty lagoon, dotted with miniature islands, and the site of one of the most loved Buddhist temples in Japan, known as the Golden Pavilion.

Fushimi Inari Shrine — Protector of rice and sake in Kyoto, Japan Special

Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto Shrine located on the foothills of a mountain in Kyoto, is dedicated to the Inari spirit protecting agricultural production; it is famous for its thousands of red-orange torii gates connecting several religious buildings.

Photo Essay: Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera — ‘The temple of clear water’ Special

Kyoto - The Kiyomizu-dera Temple located on a mountain by a waterfall is one of Kyoto’s many historic religious sites attracting Buddhist pilgrims since the eighth Century. Current structures include the Main Hall and a large terrace overlooking the city.

Minivan plows into pedestrians in Kyoto

Kyoto - The minivan rear-ended a taxi and sped through a red light striking several pedestrians before crashing into a utility poll. Eight people were killed, including the driver, and eight others injured.
 

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The pond has several islands of various sizes  and many stones arranged in the shape of animals  a t...
The pond has several islands of various sizes, and many stones arranged in the shape of animals, a turtle and a crane, symbolizing longevity and good fortune.
Figurines of the “beckoning cat”  also known as lucky cat  or fortune cat (known in Japan as “...
Figurines of the “beckoning cat”, also known as lucky cat, or fortune cat (known in Japan as “'maneki-neko”), are sold to the faithful in shops outside Fushimi Inari. Maneki-nekos are a common Japanese lucky charm, which can bring benefits to the owner. The figurine is usually made of ceramic, with a decoration around the neck, adorned with coins or food items, and holding up a paw. White cats are for good luck, black cats for good health, and gold cats bring monetary wealth.
The garden is adorned with gravel paths  stone lanterns and stairways  a beautiful waterfall and  cl...
The garden is adorned with gravel paths, stone lanterns and stairways, a beautiful waterfall and, close to the way out of the grounds, there is a peaceful tea-garden among the trees.
The Golden Pavilion has three floors and stands 12.8 meters high. Each floor is designed in a differ...
The Golden Pavilion has three floors and stands 12.8 meters high. Each floor is designed in a different style yet the three harmonize well and create a spectacular architectural effect. In the days of Yoshimitsu, the first floor was used as a reception hall; the second floor, built in the style of samurai houses, was where Yoshimitsu held private meetings with honored guests. The third floor was used for intimate meetings with friends, and tea ceremonies.
There are two dining rooms at Yamafuku: one for guests wearing shoes (horigotatsu-style); another fo...
There are two dining rooms at Yamafuku: one for guests wearing shoes (horigotatsu-style); another for guests taking their shoes off (Japanese style).
The Deva Gate is the main entrance to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex.
The Deva Gate is the main entrance to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex.
Further along the path there is a waterfall (Ryumon-Taki) and underneath the falls is a  large stone...
Further along the path there is a waterfall (Ryumon-Taki) and underneath the falls is a large stone known as the Carp Stone, symbolizing a carp swimming upstream, against adversity, to spawn.
The Golden Pavilion reflects its image on the water from almost anywhere along the cherry tree-lined...
The Golden Pavilion reflects its image on the water from almost anywhere along the cherry tree-lined paths surrounding the pond. On the roof of the pavilion there is a gold-leafed figure of a phoenix, a mythical bird.
Going up the hill the torii gates are plain  without inscriptions.
Going up the hill the torii gates are plain, without inscriptions.
The Bell Tower at Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
The Bell Tower at Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Not far from the entrance to the grounds of Kinkaku-ji Temple is the Bell Tower.
Not far from the entrance to the grounds of Kinkaku-ji Temple is the Bell Tower.
The second torii gate is bright orange-red and leads to the main entrance into the Fushimi Inari Tai...
The second torii gate is bright orange-red and leads to the main entrance into the Fushimi Inari Taisha complex.
The garden is also adorned with gravel paths  stone lanterns and stairways  a beautiful waterfall an...
The garden is also adorned with gravel paths, stone lanterns and stairways, a beautiful waterfall and, close to the way out of the grounds, there is a peaceful tea-garden among the trees.
Tiger blowfish fare at Yamafuku Restaurant  Kyoto  Japan.
Tiger blowfish fare at Yamafuku Restaurant, Kyoto, Japan.
Partial view of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex in Kyoto  Japan.
Partial view of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex in Kyoto, Japan.
Wooden tablets with the shape of a fox head known as “Ema” can also be purchased for a small cha...
Wooden tablets with the shape of a fox head known as “Ema” can also be purchased for a small charge. Worshipers can draw the face of the fox, write their wish in the reverse of the tablet and hang it in special racks.
View of the Main Hall and the Kiyomizu Stage. The wooden structure was assembled without the use of ...
View of the Main Hall and the Kiyomizu Stage. The wooden structure was assembled without the use of metal nails. The Kiyozumi stage stands 14-meters over the ravine and is supported by 139 inter-locked wooden pillars.
The inscriptions showing the name of individuals  families  or businesses that donated each torii ga...
The inscriptions showing the name of individuals, families, or businesses that donated each torii gate is in the opposite side of the torii and can be seen in the way back from the hill.
On Sundays  many Kyoto residents wear traditional attire when visiting the Buddhist temples of  the ...
On Sundays, many Kyoto residents wear traditional attire when visiting the Buddhist temples of the city.
Several red-painted structures in the grounds of Fushimi Inari are dedicated to the sale of small to...
Several red-painted structures in the grounds of Fushimi Inari are dedicated to the sale of small torii gates, talismans, good-luck charms, and fox-shaped wish tablets.

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