Chasing Light at Kiyomizu-Dera

After a tiring uphill climb in Fushimi Inari, the least sensible thing to do was to go for another long walk.  This was not a day for being sensible; Kiyomizu-Dera is another uphill march on a sloping street.  And being a popular Buddhist temple, it was crowded with tourists and students.  Light was also fading fast so I had to move quickly.  I would have to find serenity somewhere else.

The main attraction of Kiyomizu-Dera is the main hall and the veranda hanging on the side of a mountain.  No nails were used in the construction!  It’s a 13-meter drop below but if you survive the jump, your wish will be granted.  Many have tried, but there is no record of how many wishes actually came true.

Underneath is the waterfall that splits into three streams.  Drinking from one of the streams also grants you a wish–a safer alternative unless you get sick from the water.  But I trust the Japanese so I grabbed the metal cup with the long handle to catch the water and drank enough for at least two wishes.



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