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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto | by Chicago_Tim
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the waters, which is believed to have therapeutic properties. Drinking the water of the three streams is said to confer wisdom, health, and longevity. 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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Taken on April 14, 2010