the dewy path

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Saiho-ji (kokedera or moss temple) Kyoto


Before being allowed in these wonderful, evocative gardens not only do you have to pre-book (and its expensive) but you have to queue up at the appointed time, and file into a small temple.

You must sit on the floor and listen to monks chanting, while incense wreathes to the ceiling. Then you take a piece of paper and copy a sutra in calligraphy with a brush - or in the case of westerners, write a prayer or wish for the priest to bless.

Such hardship :o)

4 Comments:

  • Nice piccy! :o)

    By Blogger David Barltrop, at 5/11/05 4:40 pm  

  • This is a little "teahouse" my husband built as a Christmas present for me last year. At night there's a light behind the "moon" and it looks so beautfiul.

    http://carltonrules.blogspot.com/2005/05/another-forbies-folly.html

    By Blogger Val, at 7/11/05 1:40 am  

  • Val,
    that was the Melbourne Zoo I was talking about. The horticultural tour was so interesting, and the gardener in charge of the Japanese garden was there to give us some info too. It is a corner of the zoo, and is delightfully situated away from large groups of schoolchildren. That's a summerhouse, not a teahouse, as I found out today, something like our gazebos.

    By Blogger Val, at 17/11/05 6:26 am  

  • Hello, Val,
    thanks for stopping by my blog before. I was thinking that it might sometimes be easier for us to email, we do have so many things in common, as you pointed out in your first comment on my blog. vforbes AT netspace dot net dot au.

    Have a lovely Christmas! celebration.

    By Blogger Val, at 24/12/05 11:21 am  

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