Monday, June 25, 2012

KYOTO - Kiyomizudera Temple & Beautiful Geishas

I have just updated some photos this morning...

I have not finished blogging my Osaka photos yet but I am fast forwarding to Kyoto. I counted myself as very fortunate that I managed to see so many Geishas in real persons! We stayed in a 4 Star posh Royal Kyoto Hotel &Spa in the heart of downtown which costs us only RM200 a night during their very special promotions. For best deals, we need to book many months ahead.

We took a train to the station nearest to Kiyomizudera Temple and it was a very tough walk for us to climb up a long steep slope that got steeper & steeper as we got closer to the destination. This big temple is located on the rolling hills which overlooks Kyoto. One fat & rich DJ friend joined us later by taking a taxi which dropped him & his family right at the steps of the temple. How nice! I lost kilos of weight by walking whereas he gained lots of weight by taking taxis everywhere!




The wooden shops along the way are very old and traditional with the pretty Japanese styled sliding doors with windows and doors in squares. I loved to admire and feel all their doors, imagining the samurais and ninjas were hiding behind.




Finally after passing hundreds of shops along the slope, I arrived at the entrance of the temple. More steps were waiting for me to climb up.. It was worth the trip to enjoy the scenic views and breathe the mountain's fresh air. It was very packed with school children and visitors that evening but we managed to take photos without the crowd! I noticed that in Kyoto, you will be able to see ladies in their traditional kimono outfits walking along the streets and few men in their traditional Yukatas. It was such a pretty sight.




Kiyomizudera Temple was founded in year 798 and the entire construction of the several temple buildings took place in the year 1633. This whole Buddhist temple was built without a single nail..!! It is so solid and very amazing! It has been listed as part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You must visit there. Hear me?




This tall Pagoda was also built without any nails! The Japanese design and architecture was simply awesome by looking at their motifs, features and layout since the ancient times when machinery was not being invented yet.
The right photo shows the path going down the granite steps leading to their mountain stream where blessed water was available to visitors.





I lined up and got my share to drink the water of 'Eternal Youth' which made me look younger and handsomer! Ermm!... The right photo shows myself and my Planking-Queen. Some fortune tellers and psychics told me that I was a Japanese in past lives during the Tokugawa Shogunate era! Do I look like a Japanese? *wink *wink....my small eyes!





You can make wishes by scribbling on the small pieces of wood and hang up. Many people believe that their wishes came true. Below is the main building which has large wooden verandah for visitors to take photos and admire the green tree tops! In olden days many people committed suicide and jumped off from that verandah! Blergh!... So gory!




I was drinking more blessed water from the holy taps. Here I drank it from the dragon's mouth and rubbed its head many times! Huat arrrrrr!....





Nearby the scenic Japanese pond, I stumbled upon 3 Geishas who came in their most colourful Kimono outfits complete with their heavy dolled make-ups! They were making their way up the steps gracefully and stopped politely for so many shutter-bugs to snap photos. I was so happy to see them for the first time in my life!




In the evening, we took a long stroll down the streets and head to Gion area which is their famous red light district. It was a peaceful and tranquil area with hardly anyone on the streets. There are rows of closed door restaurants and drinking houses where I believed, all the customers were inside, away from public view. Ahaa..... I was fortunate to spot a Geisha walking briskly and accompanied by 2 chaperones who wore no make ups. They were heading towards a place that looked like a huge entertainment house! (Middle right photo)






A Geisha (Geiko or Geigi) are traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music and dance. Many Geishas are very well trained artisans who could serve tea in the most perfect manner besides playing musical instruments and entertaining guests. 




 

That evening, it was chilly and cold with nice breeze of early Spring. We all ate in a cottage-like restaurant and ate wholeheartedly till I was too lazy to walk back to the hotel. I think it was over 20km of slow walk but I was pleased that I saw so many attractive Geishas!! Sometimes, visitors were not able to see any Geisha anywhere as they don't appear or loiter along the streets.
Later that night, I went to the Sento in the backlanes and soaked happily in their hot jacuzzis! I was instantly rejuvenated and alive again.

Hope you enjoyed the photos! HAPPY FRIDAY & HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!






61 comments:

  1. Very interesting experience for you. The view is really nice, the pagoda is so unique, the Geisha is so attractive and you take really good pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Okie...must visit Kiyomizudera Temple. I heard you. Wow..to be able to see Geisha in real person..such an amazing travel experience.

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  3. You're so lucky to see so many geisha on one trip! Do you always magically attract beautiful women? ;)

    You were Japanese and lived in the Tokugawa era - as a feudal lord, a samurai or a peasant? ^^

    This post brought back many happy memories, and a few painful ones: that hill going towards the temple is really seriously steep, isn't it?!

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  4. Wah!!! That Karate Kid, don't play play lah... I was in Kyoto too, drank the water too... Too bad it didn't work - I look so old now. Sobsssss!!!!!!

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    1. Hahaha... that one karat uncle, not kid! LOL

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  5. Kiyomizudera Temple - I went there b4....
    I think it was back in 2007....

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  6. You are so lucky to see so many geisha ...
    kewl..

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  7. huat arrr .. hope you get all the prosperous water from the dragon ..
    mahjung sure menang le...

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  8. hahahaha ..
    now you have a mind of japs and trap in Malaysian body...
    so he only tell you about your past ?
    how about future?
    in few years time become millioaire...?

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  9. So... after rubbing the dragon's head so many times - got effect or not? ;)

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  10. It's all still so green! Did you buy me a kimono?

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  11. It's really a nice place and beautiful structures! You really had a good time and experience there!

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  12. wow... what a great place TM... very Japan

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  13. the place actually reminds me of the Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away"

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  14. oh yeah I remember that Geisha word... i encountered this term in one of my History subject when I was in college..

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  15. kyoto (and japan)looks like a fantastic place to visit. sure a must-see.
    i've always wanted to visit japan...so i really enjoyed your wonderful photos! also, absolutely loved seeing geisha's, too.:)

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  16. Wah... real life geisha...their make up really thick leh... kinda scary...

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  17. luckily anay has just one post a week, thambee so worry i will be missing so many posts from anay during the one whole week off..

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  18. hahaha, thambee told anay already, you won't be concluding the trip with just three posts lah.. there's so much to write about osaka and kyoto right??

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    1. TM should definitely write more!

      ANd don't update on old posts lah! Write new posts! We don;t mind! LOL

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  19. as for my HK trip, i think can concluded in three posts lah.. since there's really nothing much, and many people have been to HK before, so thambee will just keep things short and just post a few more photos only..

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    1. SK!!!!

      Cannot lah. I only been to HK once!

      And that was like, 10 years ago.

      Some more, different people different experiences mah! Right, TM? ;)

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  20. nice nice nice!! thambee feel like going to Japan already, and since anay says the trip only cost RM2500!! after the HK trip, feels like going for another trip again, haha~~

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    1. So when is your Japan trip, SK? ;p

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  21. just love all those architectures and how well they have preserved and maintained the buildings.. i guess these buildings sure worth millions of dollars now..

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  22. hahaha, anay's previous life was a japanese?? i thot anay is always a pure indian, blood and soul!! well, maybe anay drank the water of eternal youth and the fortune teller cannot differentiate that already..

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  23. so is it considered lucky to be able to see geisha in real?? they bring luck and fortune to anay?? hmmm, did anay go forward to take photos together with them?? haha.. i think after taking photos, they will charge anay a fortune for the service fees~~

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  24. geisha are professionals in japan anay!! you should feel lucky you're able to see them in real.. just like what we have seen back in our motherland :D

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  25. interesting..Japan on my list to visit..

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  26. Interesting pictures. i am just wondering if the three geishas just played the part or are they really real?

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  27. cant wait to publish my entry on kiyomizudera and gion! hehehe! good that u had a clearer pic of geisha! mine was in the dark, and chasing them like hell hahaha! THEY WERE SUPER FAST!

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  28. Wow! Saw so many geishas? Must be your lucky day! LOL!

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  29. Love the temples and the torii gates! So Japanese!

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  30. It's amazing how they build the temples without nails! Last time I went to Guilin in China and also saw buildings built without nails. SImply amazing!

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  31. That dragon is very nice! No wonder you kept rubbing its head - will you become very rich soon? : D

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  32. Looks like you had a really wonderful time! : )

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  33. Japan is high on my bucket list of places to visit. interesting culture and wonderful structures. the tall pagoda reminds of some buildings in Beijing built without nails too. that must have been a real treat to see these wonderful geishas up close.

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  34. When I was younger, I have this dream of marrying a Japanese onna no,i simply love everything Japanese, don't know why? hahahah . Even my first porn movie also from Japan,,,I even went to study japanese language hoping to go to Japan,I worked in Japanese company as well, but to bad,fate has it, never married a Japanese onna no,,, and never been to Japan haizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  35. I thought Geishas are supposed to look very pretty!! Mmmm teehee...

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  36. wow, so syok eh! feel like visiting this place and feel the holyness of the place :)

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  37. Looking up at the steep steps to the temple.... I rather pay the taxi to bring me up. I admit I'm such a weak and lazy bum~

    I'll definitely die lacking of oxygen before I reach my destination.

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    1. Yvonne,
      taxi there expensive lahhh..... you want to pay ah?

      Cost us RM60 for a 10 minute ride, once.

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  38. Hahaha, by wearing the bandana on your forehead every Asia Chinese male looks like a Japanese.

    Anyway, you're too tall to be a Japanese; but not sure about you past life - maybe you were only 5-foot tall then.

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  39. What were the Geisha holding? Everyone of them seemed to be cradling a baby, initially?!

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  40. I like how Geisha dress up the kimono, but I don't fancy their heavy make up. Why it has to be so thick, I wonder?

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  41. nice pic. but I didn't know that dragons emits water. I know of hem as fire emitting creature. lol.... just kidding

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  42. Guess old lady like me cant walk much. Wondering if they have bicycle :p

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    1. Sure got... but kena rent lah. hihih

      I scared naik basikal in Japan... because those cyclists all are zooming past us FAST! ;p

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  43. wow i finally see real geisha! :) i lvoe their costumes actually..

    Latest: TomYam-licious

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  44. oh my gosh! your pictures and stories are fascinating!! i would love to experience this whole place! lucky you!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  45. I want to go Japan..I like to send u a postcard..pls email me yr home address.

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  46. Twilight man! So you did get handsomer and younger after drinking the water huh? why didn't u bring a lot of gallons back to down here and sell in small bottles? hehehe

    Hmmm I wanna know who I was in the past. It will be interesting for me to know.

    And, yes, I am envious! You've been to freaking Japan and actually seen real Geishas! I'd love to experience that too! :))

    And, thanks for your visits to my blog hehehe. You didn't forget huh? :p

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  47. Oh, I noticed ur profile photo! Now I know how you look! ;))) I used to keep wondering :p

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  48. i went at dusk.... diff ambience. in wasin december...half way walking in usj... suddenly snowfallsfor 3 mins then poofs!! gone!

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  49. Annay...

    bila mau update and post more Japan trip post?

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