Sunday, May 20, 2012

Arigato, Japonia! 16. Kyomizu-dera, Kyoto / Arigato, Japan! 16. Kyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Back to Kyoto, I started early in the morning and went to visit Kiyomizu-dera, one of the "must see" temple on the list of every tourist in Nara. Depending on the time they have, they visit Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji, which they considered to be "cream de la creme". This is the reason they are always very crowded. Not neglecting their real beauty or historical and architectural importance I visited them too but I can say that there were other temples, smaller, more secluded and with far less visitors, which stayed at my heart. Anyhow, this is other subject, so I went early in the morning there as this is the only temple which opens the grounds at 6 o'clock.

Climbing the little street full of traditional shops, and two little shrines, I arrived at Romon, the main gate. There were already people there, so I visited first a secluded shrine (with no explanation) and a little cemetery belonging to the monks.


The buildings of the temple have been burnt in a big fire and what we see today is a reconstruction done in 1633, at the order of shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. Visitors can see, beside Romon, the Sanjunoto pagoda (the highest 3 stories pagoda in Japan), Shoro - the belfry, built in 1596, Kairo - a corridor adorned with nice chandeliers, leading to the Main Hall - Hondo and to the famous terrace.


The terrace, which is the main point of attraction as it offers large views over the city, is built on 139 wood pillars, and the roof is covered by cypress shingles. Descending under the terrace, I found the Otawa spring, associated with health and longevity. The legend says that if you pray while drinking the water, your reams will come true. A notice nearby said that the temple does not comment on this belief...


Following the path I arrived again in front of the temple. A little pond there is covered with the petals of the cherry flowers. Their season is almost to the end.

A doua mea zi in Kyoto a inceput devreme, fiindca Kiyomizu-dera este singurul templu care poate fi vizitat incepand de la ora 6. Intrat si el in patrimoniul UNESCO, face parte din lista de vizitare a oricarui turist care trece grabit prin Kyoto (o zi-doua), alaturi de Ryoan-ji, Kinkaku-ji si Ginkaky-ji. Din acest motiv ele sunt mereu foarte aglomerate. Constienta de frumusetea lor reala precum si de importanta si valoarea lor istorica si arhitectonica, n-as putea spune, totusi, ca s-au numarat printre preferatele mele. Alte temple, mult mai mici uneori, mai izolate si cu extrem de putini vizitatori, mi-au ramas la suflet.

Am urcat mai intai pe straduta tivita cu magazine traditionale, la ora la care copiii plecau la scoala.
Pe drum, am trecut si pe langa doua altare.
Cand am ajuns la intrarea templului erau deja destul de multi vizitatori. M-am abatut mai intai la un mic altar situat lateral, unde nu era nimeni si nu am vazut nici o explicatie in limba engleza, apoi am gasit un cimitir apartinand, probabil, slujitorilor templului.
Templul budhist Kiyomizu-dera sau Templul Apei Limpezi a fost construit de catre marele preot Enchin in anul 778. Ceea ce vedem noi astazi este o reconstructie din anul 1633, ordonata de Tokugawa Iemitsu.
Intrarea se face prin poarta Romon, pazita de Nio, gardienii celesti. De pe treptele portii se deschide o frumoasa priveliste spre oras.
poarta Romon 
In curtea templului un cires minunat este centrul interesului vizitatorilor, care stau la rand sa se pozeze sub crengile sale incarcate de flori.
In afara de Romon, se mai pot vedea: pagoda cu trei etaje, Sanjunoto, clopotnita - Shoro, Kairo, un coridor acoperit care duce la Sala principala - Hondo si vestita terasa de unde primavara vizitatorii admira ciresii infloriti de pe munte si toamna, spectacolul frunzelor colorate.

Mai intai, purificarea:
Trec pe langa Shoro (clopotnita construita in 1596) si ma opresc putin sa vad pagoda Sanjunoto. Cerul acoperit nu era tocmai bun pentru fotografii...Aceasta este cea mai inalta pagoda cu 3 etaje din Japonia. Ca si majoritatea cladirilor templului, a fost mistuita de flacari intr-un mare incendiu si apoi reconstruita in 1633. Ultima data a fost vopsita in 1987.
Shoro
Sanjunoto
Dupa ce cumpar biletul de intrare, platind 300 yen, intru in Kairo, coridorul acoperit care duce pe terasa. Cateva lampi interesante atrag aici atentia.

Iesind pe terasa, poti admira in voie pantele muntelui punctate de ciresii infloriti sau panorama orasului.
Terasa se sprijina pe 139 stalpi de lemn, iar acoperisul este acoperit cu sindrila din lemn de chiparos.
Dupa ce m-am saturat de admirat, urmand indicatoarele, am coborat la picioarele terasei unde o gramada de oameni erau adunati la Izvorul Otowa. Drumul prin padure dureaza cateva minute si este foarte placut. Din vremuri stravechi se crede ca apele izvorului implinesc dorintele oamenilor. Oricum, ele sunt asociate cu sanatatea si viata indelungata. Trebuie sa bei in timp ce te rogi si gata, dorinta se va implini! Templul Kiyomizu-dera nu are nici un comentariu in aceasta privinta, dupa cum avertizeaza o tablita bilingva. Oamenii stau insa rabdatori la rand...
Strabatand aleea pana la capat, ajung din nou in fata templului unde, pe un mic iaz, plutesc petalele scuturate ale florilor de cires.







18 comments:

VP said...

Excellent and various set of pictures!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, VP!

Helma said...

What a lot of pictures in your blog, but it is a joy to watch :-) You were so early in the morning to the temple. Are all those little Buddha statues in the cemetery (photo 15)? I find this really very special. Unusual and beautiful.

The way the buildings of the temple is indeed beautiful chandeliers. I have again seen many beautiful Travling Hawk and also enjoyed.

Thank you for making this to share with us.

Sincerely, Helma

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, they are in the cemetery, Helma. Thank you for the kind comment.

Randy said...

You are so lucky to have seen all of this in person. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photograph.

Rizalenio said...

I love the colorful piece of clothes (like bibs) adorning the statues. My first time to see it.

Cherry blossoms covering that well like bed of cherry blossoms - awesome!

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Randy. Yes, I also think that I'm lucky to be capable to there. I fulfilled a lifetime dream.

Traveling Hawk said...

Rizalenio, I haven't seen those in other countries with Buddhist religion, for me was also the first time. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the favourite spots for cherry trees watching in Kyoto.

Kumiko said...

BEAUTIFUL SAKURA!!!
Finally,you went to Kiyomizu Shrine,Traveling Hawk!!
It must have been your long-cherished wish to visit there.
I'm happy your dream finally came true.
Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

An amazing place in all respects to be and take pictures!!

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, Kumiko, I was there on Monday, before we met. That cherry is wonderful but I also liked the short walk in the forest.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Phivos! It's nice, indeed.

Ami Iuliana Motrescu said...

Doamne cat de frumosi sunt ciresii! Mi s-a facut pielea de gaina! Ador linistea oferita de templele japoneze in diferite coltisoare cum e cel din ultima imagine! Incantator!

Traveling Hawk said...

Stii ca planul meu era sa vizitez cat mai multe temple si gradini, Ami. Sunt bucuroasa ca am reusit sa gasesc mai multe asemenea locuri, pe care le-am putut contempla in voie.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

That stretch of stone statues seems very spiritual !

Traveling Hawk said...

Right, it is a monks' cemetery, Wong.

Francisca said...

Wonderful to see Kiyomizu Shrine during sakura. When I was there the maples were in brilliant fall colors. I missed seeing the larger area of jizo statues you show here.

Traveling Hawk said...

I think the temple is wonderful in the autumn too, Francisca! I would like a visit to Japan in autumn:)

The jozo statues are at the entrance, after you pass the main gain, to the left. It is a secluded area that looks like it does not make part of the temple itself.