It's kind of more about the weather, the trees, the mountains, and the people than the statues. At least for me. At each temple, I think about different things because those visits fall at different points in my own personal timeline.
|Walkin' trail to Kiyomizu-Dera, this way!|
So on April 21st with Mandi in tow, I made my way to Aino station, north of Takarazuka, to pick up Laureno so we could all visit Kiyomizu-Dera in the forested hills within the Kato borders. Unfortunately, Laureno was coming from farther out than I knew, and although the trains typically run on time, when they fail to do so, it's pretty catastrophic. The reasons and results can all be pretty upsetting. So for this, Mandi and I hung around the tiny town of Aino, waiting for Laureno's train to make it, hoping it wouldn't be so late that we couldn't climb the pilgrim trail up the mountain.
|All three wervs have made it to the trailhead!|
|The gate was only some foundation stones, but it was at the top of this excellent stairway.|
|Wervs behind the Jizo-do|
|The bell tower; it really does sound beautiful!|
|The Konponchu-do, where we meditated.|
|The holy spring of clear waters!|
Then we went out around back to the spring, for which kiyomizu-dera is named. I took a little sip of the water; by then it was getting dark and cloudy, and after a few false starts in which we thought some kind soul was about to give us a ride down the mountain, we hoofed it back, talking and singing, to the car, and back to the station so we could scurry back for various dinner plans. All in all it was a good visit.
|Three wervs at the Nio-mon gate.|