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Kiyomizu Is The Most Famous Buddhist Temple In Japan

Kiyomizu Is The Most Famous Buddhist Temple In Japan

on Apr. 23, 2007 by

Breathtaking Japanese buddist temple in eastern Kyoto which was founded in the year 778. Famous for being featured in many blockbuster movies and for being on UNESCO world heritage list.

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Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site

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Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have therapeutic properties.

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Drinking the water of the three streams is said to confer wisdom, health, and longevity. 

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However, some Japanese believe that you must choose only two; if you are greedy and drink from all three, you invite misfortune upon yourself. 

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The temple complex includes several other shrines, among them the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to Ōkuninushi, a god of love and "good matches".

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Jishu Shrine possesses a pair of "love stones" placed 6 meters/20 feet apart, which lonely visitors can try to walk between with their eyes closed.

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Success in reaching the other stone with their eyes closed implies that the pilgrim will find love, or true love. One can be assisted in the crossing, but this is taken to mean that a go-between will be needed. The person's romantic interest can assist them as well.

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I had a fun day at Kiyomizu and learned a lot, on the the next adventure, karaoke time in downtown Kyoto with my Japanese friends.

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