Sunday, August 3, 2008

Kyoto 14

On the 18th and 19th of June I spent time in Kyoto. My goal was to visit the ancient sites of the region. Kyoto is often referred to as the "old Japan." This ancient capital has a population of 1.5 million and has over 1000 historic Zen Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Temples and shrines were often together emphasizing the sacredness of nature and being. Japanese people are more likely to be Buddhist and Shintoist,bringing together these two religions without conflict or controversy.
While I did not visit modern Kyoto, it is the major industry for manufacturing kimonos and is the headquarters for Nintendo and Kyocera. It was refreshing to be in the non western parts of Kyoto to enjoy the beauty of nature.

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