Otowa Waterfall in the Kiyomizudera is split up into three streams. It is said that each stream has a benefit to those that drink from them. The three benefits are longevity, success in education and love. If you were to drink from all three streams it would be considered greedy so please choose one. There are ladles available for you to use. Truthfully I wanted to drink from one of the streams, but the line for it was super long. I should have gone before the crowd came in. Still it is another interesting feature that you can find in Kiyomizudera.
Walking around one of the streets in Kyoto we saw this little sign that said Studio Ghibli. We ended up in a store where they sold various goods of Studio Ghibli. They had stuffed animals, towels, handkerchiefs, etc. featuring characters from Studio Ghibli. My favorite one was the Spirited Away figure in the picture that had the Radish Spirit, No Face and the Bird spirits. The details were so amazing that I wanted to buy it, but sadly I chose not to. Next time that I’m in the area I will for sure get it because the more I look at the picture the more I want it.
Desserts in Japan look too good to eat. The cake in the picture is just one example of the quality you will see when you visit the country. I kept thinking that it would be a shame to ruin it, but that would be an insult to the baker. It was delicious. The goal when faced with something that looks too pretty is to get past the first cut. I still wonder where this cake from since my friend is the one that bought it.
On a trip to Nikko my friends and I ended up wandering around the area. We arrived too late to enter the Toshogu Temple so we decided to go around. I remember we ended up at this alleyway where there these stone lanterns. There are a total of 37 lanterns in the alleyway that leads to the Futarasan Shrine. This dedication (houken, 奉献) dates backs hundreds of years. Each lantern has something different engraved on it. Walking past these stone monuments before entering the shrine area was enlightening. My friend said that each lantern has a haiku engraved on it. I do not know if that is true, but it would be great if it was.
Ashio Copper Mine was a place I was not planning or expecting to go, but how could I refuse a free school trip. Getting to the location was amazing because the mountains and surrounding area were painted with autumn leaves. On this trip I did not know what to expect, but we ended up on this little train that goes into the mine. The staff explained to us what had happened at the mine and why it was shut down. Riding the train we had the chance to see more of the area before entering the dimly lit tunnels. The exhibits in the tunnels depicted the lifestyle and work of the people.