I had these for breakfast.
I, again, visited Ishiyama, Shiga this morning
to visit Ishiyama Dera (Ishiyama Temple).
It’s guarded by Nioh (guardians).
It’s Spring so Temple is so green.
Walked through old aged stone for fun.
On the way to Hondo (the main temple), there are many temples to visit and pray.
Daishi Do (Kobo Great Buddhist Priest Temple)
When I look up from here…I see…
At Hondo (the Main Temple), I prayed to Nyoirin Kannon (Goddess).
After visiting Hondo, there are still many places to visit.
And the path are beautifully decorated by azalea.
This is the map of Ishiyama Temple.
You can see that there are many places to visit in the premises.
We are half way now.
We continued walking down the path.
Then we reached Kodo (Light Temple)
The door for this temple is opened specially from 28 April – 20 May 2018, allowing us to meet three special Buddha.
We are so lucky to be here today.
The first Japanese lady love story writer, Murasaki Shikibu used to visit this temple to get inspirations to write Genji Monogatari (Mr. Genji’s Story).
There is Kanro Daki (Kanro Fall).
And nice Shobu En (iris garden).
I cannot enter, but there is a path to the sacred place looking mysterious.
There is a holy stone.
According to the signage, it says Ooyuya, meaning a big bath…?
I also prayed to the very important God: Daikokuten (God of Wealth).
At last I prayed to Kinryu Ryuoh (Golden Dragon King) for preventing bad luck and bringing good luck.
After visiting Ishiyama Temple, we took a breath at tea room, Kanou Shojuan, to enjoy Ishimochi (stone rice cakes).
Ishimochi presents strong stone foundation of this temple, wishing for prevention of bad luck and establishment of strong tie.
These are delicious.
I had dinner appointment with my old Kyoto friend.
She took me to a nice Japanese restaurant Izama at Mitsui Garden Hotel Shinmachi Bettei, Kyoto.
I absolutely enjoyed food, drink and chatting!
Kyoto Local Beer (Dark Beer)
Three Types of Kyoto Local Sake
After dinner, I went to Bar Islay Mojito with her to continue girl’s talk without Mom. hehehe