Kyoto, the thousand-year capital of Japan, now the main business district, a tourist destination… The list could go on. Indeed, there’s a lot to see and say about this wonderful city. And I was absolutely all set to explore it!
To start our Day 4, we visited Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, a Buddhist temple in Japan that is considered one of the most popular structures in the country.
It is literally covered with golden leaf and its history can be traced back as far as the year 1397. Its uniqueness can be seen through the individual themes and distinct architectural designs of the three floors - shinden, samurai, and zen. Its beauty is undeniable, which can be seen in the garden surrounding the structure. What it means to the Japanese is incredible; its main function is to preserve Buddha’s ashes or relics. Marvelous!
We also went to Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine, the mother of 32,000 sub-shrines all over Japan. Inari, which means god of rice, is also the name of the mountain where the shrine is located. The temple trails from the bottom of the mountain; you can find sub-shrines on your way up. Take note, we’re talking about antiquity from year 711. That is monumental in its superlative form.
One of the main reasons why I was so excited for our Kyoto tour is because of the kimono. Yes! I didn’t let the chance pass without me getting into this Japanese traditional raiment.
I didn’t only wear it for picture-taking, I strolled the park the entire time wearing it.
It was such a wonderful experience and feeling.
This never go out-of-style in Japan, a country that is known to have well-preserved its remarkable culture and traditions. Kyoto is where most kimono weavers and manufacturers can be found, so it’s ordinary to see a lot of people, especially women, wearing it.
This day and I were filled with delight and appreciation of Japan’s past, ethos and customs. I felt honored to have been given the chance to set foot on these impressive temples. I will be back, that’s for sure. And I’m planning to buy one kimono in every Japan trip I will have as a keepsake.
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