Travel theme: Clean

Based on my experience while travelling in Japan, I would find a water well for hands cleaning whenever I visited temples or shrines. Like the time I went to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto with my younger brother and our aunt. We found the well with the instruction board explaining how to clean our hands.

Have you seen the instruction board on a wall?

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

The well was located in the front before we entered the main gate. Speaking of the Shrine’s name, Inari means Shinto God of rice which has foxes as messengers (source). Consequently, there were statues of foxes in front of the main gate as well as the area inside.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

We went there during Autumn Leaves Season so we would be able to see the red Maple leaves.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

The Fushimi Inari Shrine was also famous for the thousand of Torii gates.

A torii  is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

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Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Me & Torii | Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Me & Torii | Kyoto | Japan | 2013

 

Actually, the trail were arranged through the summit. However, we walked through Torii gates for a while and we stopped as we wanted to turn back due to our weariness. Anyway, we didn’t walk back to the same route. We chose to walk past another route which led us to different scenery.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

We said good bye to the shrine with the last ray of sunlight.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

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6 thoughts on “Travel theme: Clean

  1. Come to think of it, in Malaysia’s temples there are fountains or taps for us to wash hands too. It seems that the Japanese are very keen on being very clean, as you mentioned there were instructions on how to wash your hands at the temple. No such thing in Malaysia.

    I love that photo of you standing alongside the red columns. You look so happy. You also look like you don’t have legs and are floating, haha :)

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