Kyoto, Japan, was supposed to be a target for an atomic bomb during WWII but Henry Stimson, US Secretary of War, took it off the short list, replacing it with unfortunate Nagasaki.
|Shrine at Fushimi-Inari, Kyoto|
And that is why there are still places like this, the Fushimi Inari shrine in southern Kyoto, all set about a 230 meter hill, and dedicated to Inari, the fox-goddess of rice and sake.
I loved the thousands of vermillion gates leading up the hill.
And the little wooden fox heads that you could buy and draw upon. I looked at the back of the one in the lower center of this photo.
There was calligraphy on each gate post and this fellow was touching it up.
And once in awhile a big horse.
The grounds surrounding Todaiji are populated by hundreds of deer, completely untroubled by the crowds of people.
Apparently they aren't always so docile.
We were there on a Saturday, and there were many groups of school children on field trips.
Nara's Daibutsu is the largest bronze Buddha in the world. Big big big!
One of his fingers is about my size, and I'm 5'7".
|Roof detail of a smaller shrine in Nara.|
|John's photo. His lens had begun to fog up, creating this gorgeous effect.|
Holy cow, did it ever pour.
All of the temples had incense available. My stick is the crooked one, bottom left.
I was mesmerized by the dragon's back: so cool, but deceptively hard to photograph!