Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Preparation Day in Kyoto with the Sakura!

A wonderful spring preparation day in Kyoto with some of the missionaries and sakura in bloom.
The Kiyomizudera Temple was the most crowded but beautiful as always.
The top of the pagoda with some cherry blossoms.
This is the entrance to the temple. Elders Hobson and Burton are standing up by the orange gate.Elder Hobson could not resist the chance to preach to the people.
A shot from the Kiyomizudera looking down on overcast Kyoto.
Sisters Kobayashi, Patrick and Kaneko at Kiyomizudera.
Here we are on one deck of the temple looking back at the other side. Pretty crowded.
We also stopped at the Fushimi Inari Shrine which is famous for all its torii gates. I think there are over 5000 at the shrine. As you see the pictures you will know what I am talking about. Above the Elders wash before entering the shrine, a Shinto custom or ritual.
We met up with some more missionaries at this shrine and took a cool picture in this torii gate tunnel.
Here we are in a smaller tunnel of hundreds of torii gates.A fork in the road. At the shrine they say if you can pick up the rock and it is not heavy your wish will come true. Elder Oshiro thought it was heavy, but Sister McIntyre said it was not very heavy.
I didn't think it was heavy either. Looking forward to our wishes coming true!
Elder Burton talks to a young man at the entrance of the shrine.
We stopped by the Fushimi Momoyama Castle as well. It was a great little castle surrounded by cherry trees in bloom. Here are the missionaries posing at the back side of the castle. If there is wall, Sister McIntyre will climb it. Don't know what I am going to do with her!
Here she is doing her crouching tiger hidden dragon move on the bamboo trees.
Great day in Kyoto, but I think I have seen enough Sakura for a while. Back to work!

1 comment:

Kay said...

I always enjoy reading your blog. It brings back so many good memories. Thank you for the pictures and news you have been posting every week. I miss spring in Japan !