On a summer afternoon, walked to "Rokudo-chinnoji Temple". The temple used to be located near the entrance to the cemetery, and was believed to be the "Rikudo-no-tsuji", the point of contact with the afterlife.
The "Rokudo-Mairi" (August 7 to 10) was just held at the temple to welcome the spirits of ancestors to this world and see off them. This year, the scale of the event was reduced and some was held online. Summer in Kyoto is busy with events to welcome and send off the spirits of ancestors who have passed away.
At the time of its founding, there was a famous legend that Takamura Ono, who served the Imperial Court during the day, went to the hell at night from a well in the temple to serve King Enma. The well from that time still remains.
The statues of Enma and Takamura Ono, enshrined in Enma Hall, are open to the public during the Rokudo-mairi festival.
A little further back on Matsubara Street is "Rikudonotsuji Jizo-son or Seifukuji Temple". Originally, Kukai built a Jizo hall here.
"Yurei Kosodatenoame Honpo" (lady ghost baby raising candy shop) is in front, which has been in business for 450 years. A young mother who passed away bought and saved her baby's life with this candy. In summer in Kyoto, can feel the border between the afterlife world and this world here and there.
Went to "Rokuharamitsuji Temple". The temple was founded by "Kuya holy priest", a pioneer of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, who spread the idea that one can go to the heaven by chanting "Namu Amida Buddha" (I take refuge in Amida Buddha). He was the second prince of Emperor Daigo, but he was not bound by his status or religious sect, and carved a statue of the eleven-faced Goddess of Mercy himself and led it around the city to quell the plague sweeping the city. People respectfully called him "Ichino hijiri" (a saint for the citizens). In this day and age, I am reminded of his great deeds.
As headed towards Kiyomizu-dera temple from Matsubara street, found "Hotel Seiryu", a stylishly renovated elementary school. The Yasaka Pagoda in front of the hotel was beautiful. The hotel's rooftop bar, K36 Rooftop, is well known, but unfortunately it opens only in the evening.
Around the corner was the Yasaka Pagoda. Kyoto is a picturesque city no matter where look at it. The summer heat is high, but that's Kyoto. Kyoto in the Obon Festival, when the summer sky has a slight hint of autumn in it.
After returning home, had La Grange de Grenet from the northern part of Saint-Emilion. This was a typical Bordeaux red wine made mainly from Merlot.
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