Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters.
The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage.
There were some spots/areas we could pray, and there were some spots/areas which we could washed our hand and then drank the water. They believed that the water could cleaned the body from the illness. I am the one who believe this kind of things so I tried to washed my hand, my face, and then drank the water. I thought miracle was happened. When i arrived in japan, I had pain in my palm, and after I washed my hand, I felt no pain at all.
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The other thing i did here was pray, i threw money to the box, hit the bell, and then closed my eyes and pray.
Here we could asked for our fortune, if you get good fortune you could kept it for yourself, but if it bad fortune, you could tie it in the wood around there and left it there, then that bad fortune will be burnt and went away.
The Otowa Waterfall is located at the base of Kiyomizudera’s main hall. Its waters are divided into three separate streams, and visitors use cups attached to long poles to drink from them. Each stream’s water is said to have a different benefit, namely to cause longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life.
However, drinking from all three streams is considered greedy. We drank from separate streams, but after that we shared each other, so we tried all the stream’s water which greedy.
Behind Kiyomizudera’s main hall stands Jishu Shrine, sometimes they called it Love Stone, a shrine dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking. In front of the shrine are two stones, placed 18 meters apart. Successfully finding your way from one to the other with your eyes closed is said to bring luck in finding love. You can also have someone guide you from one stone to the other, but that is interpreted to mean that an intermediary will be needed in your love life as well.
Well, besided enjoy the temple, i also enjoy the view, momiji turned to yellow, orange, and red, it was so great!! I really love it..i also took momiji and keep it for myself…ssstttt…haha…