Kiyomizudera Temple

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It was golden hour when we approached Kiyomizudera, and the steep and busy street that took us there was alive with crowds and colours. I was flushed and out of breath when the vermilion gate appeared on our sight, but what made Kiyomizudera truly breathtaking is the dark wooden main hall at the top of the hill and the stage that affords visitors a nice view of the cherry and maple trees around it, bare when we were there in the middle of winter but imaginably mesmerising in the fall or spring, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. Can you believe they were built without the use of nails?

Photos by Arnold Hozana and yours truly

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