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On today's blog post, we're going to go on an excursion to Kamakura. We start with a (slightly watered-down) tea ceremony in an old teahouse attached to Jomyo-Ji temple:

[4.01.teahouse]

The interior is floored with tatami mats.

[4.02.tatami mats]

Now join us on a visit to the fourteenth-century Hōkokuji Temple. The temple garden looks like immaculately manicured grass, but actually it's moss. Moss gardens are a thing here.

[4.06.moss garden]

We saw statues from time to time wearing bibs; I'd forgotten why, but [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m reminded me: They're boddhisatvas who take care of children.

[4.07.bibbed statue]

Hmm...

[4.07.statue]

This bamboo pipe is designed to carry water drip by drip into the pond, for the pleasing aesthetic effect of the drops landing. (If you look closely, you can see one half-way down in my photo.)

[4.08.bamboo water pipe]

A small outside altar:

[4.09.buddhist altar]

This temple is notable for its bamboo grove, which was the retreat of the temple's founder, Tengan Eko:

[4.10.bamboo grove2]

[4.10.bamboo grove]

[4.11]

Now we move on to the thirteenth-century Kōtoku-in temple, which has a daibutsu—a giant statue of the Buddha:

[4.18.kotoku-in temple great buddha]

After an industrious morning's tourism, we've deserved our lunchbreak:

[4.28.lunch]

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Date: 2018-08-07 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
That bamboo grove looks amazing!

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