Kyoto and Nara : through a traditional Japan

Heian-jingū, Kyoto

Within the shinto Heian-jingū shrine of Kyoto, omikuji cover trees. Those divinations (small piece of paper), drawn lots, tell good or bad fortune. In the second case, faithful hang them on branches to let wind blow the bad luck away.

Heian-jingū Kyoto

Heian-jingū (photo by B. Hervé)

Heian shrine, Kyoto

Heian shrine (photo by B. Hervé)

Omikuji at Heian shrine

Omikuji at Heian shrine (photo by B. Hervé)

The Torii is a traditional japanese gate erected in front of a shinto shrine in order to mark the transition from the profane to the sacred area.

Torii of Heian-jingū, Kyoto

Torii of Heian-jingū (photo by B. Hervé)

Camphor tree, Kyoto

Camphor tree (photo by B. Hervé)

Statue of bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Kyoto

Statue of bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (photo by B. Hervé)

Bamboo has the specificity to set more CO2 than leafy trees releasing then more oxygen. However their capacity to spread out can go against local biodiversity development.

Bamboo forest, Arashiyama

Bamboo forest, Arashiyama (photo by B. Hervé)

Bamboo forest, Arashiyama - Kyoto

Bamboo forest, Arashiyama (photo by B. Hervé)

Bamboo forest, Arashiyama - Kyoto

Bamboo forest, Arashiyama (photo by B. Hervé)

Forêt de bambous, Arashiyama - Kyoto

Forêt de bambous, Arashiyama (photo by B. Hervé)

The Nara Kōen, that park of 502 hectares located right in the city-center of Nara, hosts a lots of deers. Those holy animals belong to the japanese heritage. Killing them was sentenced by death penalty until 1637.

Deer between rocky chinese lanterns in Nara

Deer between rocky chinese lanterns in Nara (photo by B. Hervé)

Chinese lanterns alley in Kasuga Taisha temple, Nara

Chinese lanterns alley in Kasuga Taisha temple, Nara (photo by B. Hervé)

Tōdai-ji is a buddhist temple where all branches of the religion are taught. Ceremonies and rites for protection and prosperity are operated by different groups of monks affiliated to the temple of Great Bouddha or the secondary temples.

Tōdai-ji, Nara

Tōdai-ji (photo by B. Hervé)

Great Buddha Tōdai-ji, Nara

Great Buddha Tōdai-ji (photo by B. Hervé)

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