Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sokoku Temple Kyoto: photos

Adjacent to the lovely campus of Doshisha University is the temple complex of Sokokuji.  I just happened to stumble upon the temple and was rewarded for my waywardness.

Shorenin Temple

While in Kyoto I went to Shorenin Temple for its illumination. The interior and temple grounds were beautifully illuminated, but my ignorance of my camera's functions prevented me from taking more photos than the ones of the bamboo grove I've uploaded.

The Campus of Doshisha University, Kyoto

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kyoto: The Monks

While waiting for a traffic signal to change at a busy intersection, I was passed by a procession of monks, noiseless in their straw sandals (waraji; 草鞋). 

Kyoto: No Painting the Town Red

In Kyoto the color "red" has traditionally been considered showy and in poor taste.  McDonald's outlets in the city demonstrate this aesthetic, for the outdoor signs substitute brown where we would expect to find the offending color.

Kyoto- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) Photos

On a recent trip to Kyoto I visited one of its most famous temples, World Heritage site Kiyomizu. The temple was established some 1,200 years ago; the present buildings date to 1633. The site is home not only to the temple but also to a number of Shinto shrines, among which the most important is Jishu (founded the year 701), sacred to Okuninushi, god of love and matchmaking. The photos: (upper left), the main gate; (upper right), a three-storeyed pagoda; (lower left), the main hall; (lower right), the aforementioned pagoda, as well as another of the temple complex's halls.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Michael Moore to Corporate Japan: Don't Become Like the U.S.

In Japan to promote his latest film "Capitalism: A Love Story", award-winning director Michael Moore exhorts the Japanese not to create a society in which companies replace full-time employees through out-sourcing or with part-time hires.