cherry blossoms and temples...by night
Higashiyama-ku Travel Blog› entry 10 of 20 › view all entries
We took a cab up to Kiyomizu-dera temple and joined hundreds of others viewing the temple and cherry blossoms that were lit up. This temple is not usually open late, so this was a special treat. After a few cherry blossom photos, we found ourselves in a line to enter one of the buildings. It was 100 Yen and I figured it was just to see a Buddha statue inside, so what the heck? We got in line, paid, took off our shoes, and descended some steps into darkness.
At the bottom, we turned a corner and were in pitch black-ness. Cool. As we wondered what was going on, Linda told us she saw a note that said we were entering the womb of Buddha’s mother and that if we make a sincere wish it will come true. So we shuffled along the smooth paving stones in the dark, bumping into each other and the walls.
After that strange experience, we wandered the rest of the grounds. We walked over the famous balcony, The 13 m high veranda of wooden timbers was constructed with no nails.
We figured we would stop at one of the restaurants along the way home, but everything was closed and it was only 9 pm. We were hungry, since we skipped dinner for this temple. We caught a cab home and then saw a Lawsons convenience store while stopped at a red light. We explained to the cab driver as best we could, that two of us would jump out here, but take the other two back to the hotel. Linda and I went to Lawsons to pick up some dinner. We got some Ramen noodle dishes, sandwich materials, and rolls for breakfast. Luckily we had a hot water maker in the hotel room. We cooked up our noodles and ate a late dinner at 10 pm, before collapsing in bed. Luckily jet lag didn’t seem to be a problem for any of us.