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Day 10 (Thursday, 2016-08-18)
Temperature: 35dC (humid) - painful
  • Chion-In temple
  • Image Notes
    The Cone decides to head to a less touristy location - the Chion-In temple. This is the place where Jodo Shu founder of Honen spread the teaching of "nembutsu-only" (chanting only the name of the Amitabha buddha) until his final years. Tokugawa Ieyasu was a follower of Jodo Shu.
    A Prayer at Chion-In

    The Cone was happy it finally got to experience a temple out of the beatten tourist path. Here it listened to this prayer performed by a priest featuring bell and wooden board as part of the Greatest Hits tour of the Chion-In temple.



    No pictures were allowed at this event either so here is what would be seen in the words of the Cone.

    An older priest around 60-70 years old with bald head, dressed in a dark gray robe with a dark brown sash wearing glasses is sitting on a pillow on the floor reciting the prayer for the day. The room is rectangular with the long side facing the shrine. It's very large for a wooden structure, about 200 tatamis and 40meters by 20meters. At the front a small fence 30 cms high separates the commoner area from the shrine. Incense is burning in the center of the room and most people keep their head down in prayer. Powerful Air Conditioning keeps the air cool and free of smoke. The scent of incense is perfectly balanced so little smoke irritation is experienced. At one end of the room priests sit at long wooden tables fielding phone calls.
    Chion-In reception area. This particular room is large (approximately 169 tatamis) and was used to impress guest with the wealth of the temple. The cranes on the sliding door are pretty.
    Chion-In Nijuogo bosatu -no-niwa

    The stones in this garden symbolize the 25 Bodhisattvas who attend Amida Nyorai (the Buddha whose name is constantly repeated), while the azalea bushes represnt the fast flying clouds on which the Bodhisattvas ride on.
    Detail of a door hinge. The Cone likes the artistic spirit put into these small items.
    Another item that caught the Cone's interest is the roof rafters. This is
    A very beautifully coloured insect. Someone needs to come up with an AI that is used to identify insects.
    This is a picture of a picture of "The cat that sees in three directions". No pictures are allowed of the actual cat. Cornelius believes the artist who painted it probably had a bad day at the time it drew the eyes but the official view is that the cat is unique because it always appears to be looking at the visitor no matter the angle it is viewed from - which of course symbolizes that humans must always look forward and also the heart of a parent who protests their children. Which in turn represents the compassion of Buddha. Remember what the Cone thinks.
    The Cone is looking for the Ogane. A large 3 meter by 3 meter bell weighing at 70 tons. It thinks it might be stored inside this building. However there is little information as to the whereabouts of this bell so this might not be the case. The sound of the Ogane on New Year's Eve "is one of the poetic charms of winter in Kyoto".
    Detail of the sanmon type main gate (built in 1621).
    Cornelius is having a conversation with the statue of Miyazaki Yuzen who is the dude that invented a the Yuzen type of economical dyeing of fabrics that was used for many kimono produced in Kyoto. He is an artist-entrepreneur.
    Yuzen Garden. A Kanon statue in the middle of a pond. Very little information is provided about what it means.
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