Travel Blogs from Katashina-mura
... nature. In many places, especially sacred
spaces, the trees are given supports instead of cutting them down. Some
temples are even designed to not impact the nature which already existed
there. Sometimes, instead of leveling the ground, the japanese simply curve
the temple upwards along the hill. In modern times, even here in Tokyo,
many people maintian their connection with nature by keeping small gardens
and potted ...
... most of the crowd there. Waterfalls trickled down the hillsides and green moss covered giant stone lanterns lining the paths to the shrines. Over a dozen buildings make up the complex, and unlike most shrines (Shrines hold the deified spirits of the dead-not the bodies) in Japan, these are elaborately carved and painted or covered in gold leaf. It's absolutely breathtaking when combined with the natural beauty of the place. There was so much to ...
This morning Cole and I got up at 5:00 am and walked about a mile to
Tenmongu Shrine this morning. As we walked along the road, the buildings
became older and older as we approached the base of the mountain. The
architecture is very rustic and intricate. The 30 foot walls of the shrine
were covered in relief, and even a 6 inch bird had every single feather
depicted. Detail is very important here. This is also true to everyday
life. When the maids ...
I did not get to make an entry yesterday because I was out seeing the sights. I ended up waking up around 5 in the morning the other day, and so I went outside to see the city. All the people were very friendly. We even saw a class of children along the street doing perspective drawings on boards. They were very excited to see Americans and loved Cole's beard. Everything in the city is laid out and presented in a nice way. Some of the ...
... Shinto shrines in the country. Unfortunately, it and the Rinnouji Temple have been under restoration and were covered up. There were over a dozen religious and military buildings around the shrine though that were open for viewing. Barry and I shared an audio guide that explained the significance of each of those intricately decorated buildings. Dragons, herons, peacocks, dogs, foxes, squirrels, turtles, a variety of flowers, ...