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I walked near Kyoto station in 2nd Feb, I stopped by Higashi Honganji where is the biggest temple in Japan.

You can see the temple and Kyoto tower at the same time, The contrast between Kyoto tower and Kyoto station ( modern construction ) and the very old temple is very good. 





 Also, you can see some carps in the temple’s moat that is called Ohori in Japanese. 

And there are colorful carps that are called Nishikigoi in Japanese.

They are very beautiful.


Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji in Kyoto are the two head temples of the Jodo-Shin Sect, one of Japan’s largest Buddhist sects. Nishi Honganji, designated as a World Cultural Heritage site, boasts several surviving masterpieces of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods, including the Karamon (National Treasure of Japan), a four-legged gate with Karahafu gables of undulating curves on the front and back. Higashi Honganji, built eleven years after Nishi Honganji, boasts the Goeido, Kyoto’s largest wooden building dedicated to the sect’s founder Shinran, and Shoseien, a small beautiful Japanese strolling-style garden with a pond.


When I came to Higashi Honganji, there is the big gate of the temple.




I went through the gate, I saw very big temple.





Also, there is a temple big bell.

By the way, 

One of the main events on Ōmisoka (Dec 31st) is Joya no Kane (the bell on new year’s eve). This takes place at midnight when temples across Japan ring their bells a total of 108 times. The number 108 is said to correspond to the number of human’s worldly desires, and thus the bells are rung 108 times in order to get rid of these worldly desires. Inauthentic Joya no Kane rituals, the bells are rung 107 times on December 31st and once past midnight. There are many temples, however, that start their bell ringing at 0:00 (midnight). Joya no Kane is usually rung by the temple priests but there are many temples in which visitors can also participate in the bell ringing. If many people come to take part, the temple may allow the bells to be rung more than 108 times.



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