The Buddhist Kiyomizu Dera (Water Temple) Is Pictured On This Beautiful Resin Fridge Magnet
Kiyomizu means clear or pure water, and the temple takes its name from the waterfall within. Although the temple was founded in 798, the current buildings were erected in 1633. Its veranda stands out from the hillside with amazing views looking out over the city. The aforementioned Ottawa waterfall lies underneath the main hall where three channels of water fall into a pond. The water is believed to have wish-granting properties and visitors can catch and drink it. There are several other shrines in the temple complex, one of which is the Jishu Shrine. There are six 'love stones' within this shrine which is dedicated to the God of Love, Okuninushi. Legend states that if a visitor closes their eyes, and can walk from one stone to another, they will find love. Why not remind yourself of this story by purchasing this lovely resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
New7Wonders of the World
Kiyomizu Dera was one of the twenty-one finalists in the New7Wonders of the World contest organised by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland and led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber. This was a privately run public vote to ascertain the greatest existing world monuments. It was a sometimes controversial competition, but over 100 million votes were cast (there was no system to prevent multiple voting), and the seven winners were decided upon. Kiyomizu Dera was not one of the seven but it did lose out to some amazing sites; The Taj Mahal in India, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the Colosseum in Italy, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Petra in Jordan.
A Modern Water Temple
Water Temple (Shingonshu Honpukuji) is a far more modern structure than Kiyomizu Dera. Designed in 1991 by Tadao Ando, it is a Buddhist temple situated in Hyogo, Japan. The site is easily reached by train from Osaka. The concrete construction has a very modern look about it, from whitewashed outer walls to a staircase which splits the surrounding pool of water in two and descends into the temple itself. Here the intense whiteness changes to an equally intense orange/red colour. This structure may not have the historic grandeur but it is beautiful in its simplicity and in the amazing natural surroundings reflected in its pool.
The Temples Of Kyoto
Back in Kyoto, Kiyomizu Dera is one of many thousands of shrines and temples. Just in the north of the city there are several beautiful sites. Daisen-in Temple has one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. It is set with large rocks to represent mountains and ravines. This 'dry river bed' is a metaphor for life's journey, and eventually empties into a white gravel void which represents the void of death. A completely non-pretentious building is home to the Shisen-do Temple. It is the inside of this hut-like structure that lives up to the name, 'Shisendo' meaning 'Hall of Immortal Poets'. The internal walls are covered with poetry scrolls and pictures of the poets. This attractive site is known for its tranquillity. At the other end of scale the Shugakuin Imperial Villa is an opulent site originally designed for the Imperial Family. Even its gardens are magnificent and large, being split into three different sections. Whether you visit Kyoto or not, if you purchase this resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store you will always have a small reminder of the beautiful Kiyomizu Dera.