During the Heian Period (794 to 1185), Confucianism, Buddhism and other Chinese influences were at their height. Art and poetry flourished and new literary genres like novels were established.
The vibrant red-orange colour of the Tori gate, pillars and doors of the Heian Shrine represent the sun's bursting energy.
Gion, in the rain, my favourite place. The visit couldn't have been better timed to get shots like this.
Kiyomizu (pure water) Temple was constructed in 1633. The wooden deck is in pristine condition. No wonder, tripods are not allowed. An Edo period tradition, to "jump off the stage at Kiyomizu", meant if one were to survive this 13m fall, one's wish would be granted. An 85.4% survival was recorded. This probably was the first ever bungee jump without a rope! Ouch!!
Frenzied ringing of the sacred bell to call the spirits for blessings.
And those beautiful kimono-clad girls...spirits bring forth the girls.