We are in Japan, about which I will post soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the loveliness of my friend Magie’s pictures of Kyoto.
The allies had originally planned to drop the first atomic bomb on Kyoto. Kyoto was spared by the personal intervention of Henry L. Stimson, United States Secretary of War. Stimson wished to save this cultural center in which he spent his honeymoon.
There are over 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines in Kyoto. It is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Along the way to the better known sites, one encounters sacred places on every street corner and every hilltop.
Some are grand and others are tucked away where you would never imagine looking for them.
Among the most famous temples in Japan is Kiyomizu-dera, a magnificent wooden temple, built into Otowa Mountain.
Exiting from Kiyomizu-dera to Chion-in, Sannen-zaki and Ninen-zaki are two very well-preserved and atmospheric streets. In addition to Yasaka Shrine, you will probably encounter a priest asking for alms and a geisha (or two)…
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