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Kiyomizu: Yuki-yanagi 雪柳

Some lovely white spiraea, snow willow (yuki-yanagi), on the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera.

 

Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple of the Hosso sect located near Mount Otowa. Although it was originally constructed in 778, it has been destroyed or partially destroyed several times since. As is the case with many Kyoto temples, it was re-built by Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu. In 1994, however, it was established as a World Heritage Site and it is now a finalist for one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

 

Some of the main features of Kiyomizu include two gates, a bell tower, two 3-story pagoda (one of which is the tallest in Japan), Jishu jinja, and the famous butai which hangs 10m over the edge of a cliff. It was said that if you jumped from the balcony and survived, your wish would be granted.

 

Kiyomizu-dera. Higashi-yama, Kyoto.

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Taken on March 27, 2007