Dai-ni Sunny Stone Hotel
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... English and was very happy to help. We just found everything about the temples was very touristy. Another oddity is the number of young women who walk around Kyoto dressed in kimono. We discovered it is common for both men and women to rent kimonos and wear them to visit the temples. After a while it is annoying. Some people take their photos thinking they are actually geisha.
Our walk then took us to the Gion area, famous as the geisha district and to ...
... vegetables, a small seaweed salad with sesame that was quite delicious, rice, pickles and ??? It was certainly a lot of food. Saki and wine were also consumed, so by the end of the meal, we were ready to wind down in our guest room. When we got back the futons had been set out on the floor and looked very inviting. Actually I wasn't feeling too well, stuffed up with what I think must be an allergy or an aversion to bus air, so it wasn't long before I settled under the fluffy ...
... our wishes for the blessing to come. You can ask for recovery for illness for yourself or another, for success in a business venture, for improvements in your marriage, for safe travels, and so on. The assistant helps you write the requests down and takes them to the priest. As the recipient you then proceed to wash each hand, left first then right, wash your mouth (on the outside only, lips closed), and then wash the ladle itself. And then you remove your shoes ...
The rice fields have browned a bit and rice harvesting season is on. Many of the small fields have tiny harvesters (about the size of a 1 tonne truck) going up and down. The rice is threshed locally, the husks and stalks burned and you can see the farmers scattering the ash, often by hand, back into the fields. The trip today takes us 2/3rds the way to Tokyo. Sunday has many factory car parks empty, teams ...
... and the food was served on a hot plate incorporated in the table. The following morning we went to Sanjusangendo Temple, founded in the twelfth century, which contains 1,001 hand carved statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. All bar one are exactly the same size (6 feet tall). In the centre sits a large wooden statue of the 1000-armed Senju Kannon (11 feet tall), an amazing sight, but unfortunately ...