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:: Monday, October 24, 2005 ::

How I Spent My Weekend: Part II

Again with the pictures, yea!

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On Sunday I went to Suzumushidera. The name means "Temple of the Bell-Ringing Cricket". The monk who achieved enlightment here waaaay back in the day did so while listening to these pretty crickets. This is the statue in front of the temple of it's guardian Buddha type spirit. This statue is very famous because the Buddha is wearing straw sandals on its feet--very rare. The story is that he will grant you any one wish if you tell him your name and your address. Then he'll use those sandals to walk to you, whereever you are, to grant your wish. Pretty neat, huh?

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There was a 20 minute talk (in Japanese, of course), explaining about the temple and the god and how to make a wish. Here is everyone with him. He was really really really nice and understanding.

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After that we took a train to a mountain town... can't remember the name just now. It was so beautiful! I want to go back when the leaves are changing (which will be December!). Noriko, my speaking partner, and I also plan to go back when the cherry bossoms are out. There are a bunch of super cute shoppes and things there, too. I really need to go back soon--this is the only time you can buy fall themed things.

So after that, we paid 520 yen (approx $5 US) to climb up a huge hill--Monkey Mountain!

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There were monkeys all over the place. No cages or anything, just roaming about. I took so many pictures, hehe. I think we came at grooming time in the late afternoon--there were many pairs like this. This is right on the edge of the path we were walking on--you can see some shoes at left.

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There was an amazing view of Kyoto, too.

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Everyone at the top of the mountain. I usually feel bad in group pictures--I'm so much taller than most Japanese girls! I feel like a giant sometimes, hehe. Do note the monkey next to me. ^_^

And one last picture:

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...the baby ones are so cute. ^_^

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:: Kazen @ Always Doing 11:21 PM [+] ::
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Yarr! Awesome pictures =)
Absolutely beautiful pictures!

<^^< \^^\ <^^> /^^/ >^^>
do the hokey pokey and you study all about! that's what it's all about!!!
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