Kyomizu Temple in Kyoto is one of the most famous landmarks in all Japan. The temple is famous for its high-flying construction, built 13 meters above a spring and supported by elaborate heavy wooden beam scaffolding. I was lucky enough to visit a while back and thought I’d share some pictures with you. Its a must see if you’re in the Kansai region of Japan. Find out more on Wikipedia.
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Here’s a preview of next week and the Sakura Festival! There’s gonna be a lot of pink this week at More Things Japanese.
This is a photo I took in 2009 during Kitadaito’s main festival daitogusai. This is during the second day when sumo wrestling takes place. It is common for one or more demonstration matches to occur before the actual competitions start. This is a ‘match’ between a man and his grandson. Of course the grandson ‘won’. This photo has been published in Japan Transocean Air’s (JTA) in-flight magazine ‘Coralway’ for their Okinawa based flights (Issue 139 for March and April
Sanpo is Japanese for a ‘walk,’ and it’s a popular pastime here. From the bureaucratic samurai of the Tokugawa period who would wander among the cherry trees and write poetry, to modern office workers trying to keep fit, walking is still a much appreciated activity in Japan. Japan is also a land with a rising elderly population. It has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. As communities and towns have ever older populations it is also becoming ever more