Sunday, May 14, 2006

Japan Day 6: Kyoto Temples and Shrines

We spent the entire day walking around Kyoto. Seems they have a temple or shrine on every block. Back when Kyoto was the capital of Tokyo, the people wanted protection by the gods so they kept building them houses.

The first stop was the Golden Palace. This was originally designed as a palace for a very greedy emperor. It was later converted to a temple. No telling how greedy the god was.

The fish were also greedy.

Renee's friend Ayoko showed us around and helped teach us the difference between a temple and a shrine. A temple is a house of God; a shrine is a house for God. The gods aren't too social so people aren't allowed in shrines.

It rained the entire time we were there but somehow it just added to the atmosphere.

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