A Visit to Kyoto’s Sanzen-in Temple, Part II
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Towering -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Towering

So, continuing with the story about our recent visit to the Sanzen-in Temple in the Kyoto mountain suburb Ohara on Sunday (which produced the pretty desktop backgrounds I posted yesterday)....

As I said in the first post, it's a mountain temple, and so it has different zones separated by various flights of stairs....

Ever Upward -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ever Upward

You can see in the background of the picture above the trunks of some cedars disappearing above the lower canopy of maple and other leafy trees. The cedars here were all very tall, and ramrod straight...

Vertigo -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Vertigo

The next level included a modern (circa 1989) temple building (one you could wear shoes in!), and in front was an incense station....

Incense Station -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Incense Station

At a station like this, you light some incense and make a wish while the smoke wafts over you, (and, perhaps like the gomaki sticks I wrote about in Part I, the wish then accompanies the smoke as it drifts up toward the heavens). I mentioned it a couple of years ago in a post about the Nanzen Temple, but at the time I was less clear about what was going on. (Not that I'm totally clear now, but I digress...)

So, Anthony lit three sticks for us...

Lighting the First Stick -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lighting the First Stick
Our Three Newly-Added Sticks -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Our Three Newly-Added Sticks
Partaking in the Wish-Filled Smoke -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Partaking in the Wish-Filled Smoke

Anthony was very sweet... he called me over, then wafted smoke toward me, and said something that translates along the lines of “that your back feels better”. Although I've been in good shape lately, I have a history of back problems, so his wish was very thoughtful and selfless.

Up some more steps and there were more buildings, and a pleasant area for taking a break...

Pleasant Area all to themselves -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pleasant Area
all to themselves

Of more immediate concern was that the final stamp station (discussed in Part I) was there, so Anthony could complete his “stamp rally” and collect a set of “remembrance stickers”....

Inspecting the Fruits of his Efforts -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Inspecting the Fruits of his Efforts

This was as high as we went.... I'm not sure how much more further up the mountain is the temple grounds, or where it just becomes mountain hiking, but we turned around and headed down a different path...

Pretty and Fun -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pretty and Fun
Wall of Fern -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wall of Fern
Random Temple Rooftop #28 -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Random Temple Rooftop #28
n (somewhat spooky) Friends Forever -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ n
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(somewhat spooky)
Friends Forever
View into Town the village of Ohara in the background -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View into Town
the village of Ohara in the background
Ice-Cream Break just outside the temple grounds, near a signpost for a different temple -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ice-Cream Break
just outside the temple grounds, near a signpost for a different temple
Entrance Signpost -- Sanzen-in Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Entrance Signpost

We bought an ice-cream cone from an old lady at a shop right across from the entrance to the temple grounds, and while Anthony was enjoying it, an apron-laden girl about Anthony's age — likely the granddaughter of the owner — emerged from the shop and proceeded to carefully search the big stone steps leading up to the grounds. I don't know whether she was looking for bugs or seeds or what, but it was cute, especially with the apron. That's her in the picture above.

Continued here...


One comment so far...

I love how tall and straight those trees are.

It looks so pretty – if I ever finally get out to Japan I am definitely going to visit a few temples.

The Final picture with the entrance sign post is awesome! Not only is the composition spot-on, but the girl on the steps is an awesome touch.

— comment by Eric Mesa on May 28th, 2009 at 3:06am JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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