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Koyasan / Passing Through / Noda City

I wasn't the world's most avid photographer on these trips, and just have a few of some places we visited only briefly.  
On one of the trips we stayed at Mt. Hiei, which is also an esoteric Buddhist mountain area but the sect is Tendai (the one I studied for many years). Above to the left a Priest does a Goma ceremony Buddhist-style (I must say I like the energy of the Yamabushi ones much better). To the right is a walkway and wall near some residences. I can see a ninja scaling that wall and there were many in our group that were tempted to give it a try.

 

 

We also made a stop at The big temple in Nara. This is where there is a famous and huge Buddha statue. The interesting part of this visit is that there is a wooden column that has a hole in it the size of the nostril of the Buddha statue there. It was considered good luck to crawl through the hole, so of course most of us had to try. It was quite a trick, too, as there was no room to fold up your arms. They had to be either at your sides or straight out in front of you. The length of the hole was longer than even our gaijin bodies and was worn smooth with much use, so we had to kick and wiggle and sometimes get a hand from the other end.
. . The Japanese tourists there got a kick out of seeing us, with our relatively large bodies, try to wiggle through.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Kanji from the Shrine at Nara.

 

Koyasan / Passing Through / Noda City