|It's certainly Sesame Street colored!|
1) It is one of the oldest and most holy places in the city.
2) It is the site of the Toshiya archery contest (where the Japanese version of the Robin Hood legend was born.)
3) It is the temple in "Big Bird goes to Japan" where Barkley was scared of the statues and ran away.
I first became aware of this temple due to Big Bird and wanted to see it to see if it would live up to my memories of it. I wanted a photo of me at this temple because I dreamed of it as a kid, sadly I get here and find out it is such a holy place that photos are not allowed inside the temple. I took some photos of the outside of the temple but my dream photo of being scared of the statues was crushed. Upon stepping into the temple I can see why the team at Sesame Street would make a character scared of the statues. They are terrifying looking. There were small toddlers in the temple that did not like them. The statues are of the seven gods that are the pillars of the Shinto religion. There are then 10,000 golden Buddhas behind them with 20 arms each perfectly lined up. Comparing this 10,000 Buddhas to the 10,000 Buddhas in Hong Kong I found it to be much more impressive. But there was also the pro of not having to walk up that big ass hill in Sha tin.
I did not know about the archery contest before going to the temple. I read about it at the temple because there are information cards at the temple in three languages. I found the information about it to be really fascinating. The Toshiya contest is an archery contest where they shoot thousands of arrows at targets who ever gets the most closest to the center of the target would become a Shogun or basically the equivalent of a knight to the king. One famous Toshiya that happened in the 15th century was that a female archer dressed as a man and entered the contest for the prize. There was a monetary prize that came with the title as well. She won the title and took the prize money and used it to give to the poor and she basically became the Robin Hood of Japan. She has been the main character in a lot of children's books and even a couple of movies. I just think it's really bad ass that a character in the western world that was always male was female in an eastern country which is typically male centric.
|Temple that houses the big bell|
My only question about this shrine is: Why were there so many pictures and statues of feet?
|Feet are important, for some reason... Don't ask me why!|
Then, I began my journey to the Costume Museum. The Costume Museum is located in an old school in Kyoto, so I was warned it doesn't look like museum so you might miss it. I stopped by three temples. One which had an awesome banner about "Life is living being you. Celebrate life!" Apparently this was the phrase made famous by the nun who built the temple. I think she would have been a huge Lady Gaga fan. Then, I stopped by another temple that was started by Shoguns in Kyoto where I encountered the most obese pigeon in the world! He had three rolls of neck fat and was so fat he could no longer fly! People are feeding the pigeons and this pigeon is just the pigeon version of the people we see on "The Biggest Loser". STOP ME BEFORE I STOP MYSELF!
|Water dispensary at the Shogun temple where the fat pigeon lives....|
I went back to the hostel area and went thrift shopping for kimonos. Shopping always makes a girl feel better.
|If Zen won't help me on this journey perhaps shopping will!!!!!|
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