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... built in 1252 A.D. Impressive. As you enter the grounds, I noticed a water feature where people were cleansing their hands probably using the water which is considered holy. Take couple selfie's with the statue in the background. Make sure to visit the stores lined along the way for some good souvenirs.
On our way back, had lunch in a pasta place on the second floor of Ofuna station which had amazing pastas for around 600yen. Also, try some of the fried foods which ...
... as were the next two, until it was decided to leave the statue in the open air. Anyone interested in the statistics can find them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dtok u-in
You can see the scale of the thing from the photos and the fact that there can be about twenty people inside the statue at any one time.
We moved on to see the Hasedera temple, set on a hillside, in a small but beautiful garden. The temple itself is a ...
... of paper that contain your fortune. If you get a good fortune you keep it but if you get a bad one you tie it to a tree at the shrine and leave it behind. Jess was first and got, according to the man at the shrine, a 'medium good firtune' so she decided to keep it. I went next and got 'best good fortune' so there was no way I was going to leave that behind. I have that little baby tucked away safely among my belongings. My future looks pretty ...
... raw cabbage with toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. It was very good. We also had rice and kimche. Kimche is like Asian sour kraut...on fire. It's served cold, but is very spicy. The kids loved all the food, except for that. But I was proud of them for trying it. We all ate with chopsticks, well, the kids tried, but ended up using forks. This place used metal chopsticks which seem more difficult to use.
After lunch ...
One distinct thing I recall while peering out the train window was seeing a bin outside one of the train stations and seeing that everyone instead of piling up the rubbish on top of the bins which in turn would cause a mess. The Japanese people put them around the bottom of the bin all standing up. I learned instantly that Japan is the cleanest country I've been to yet. There is barely any rubbish anywhere. You'll be lucky to find a can on the strand.
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