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Kinkaku ji, Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan. Looks very similar to the temple where my grandfather was a priest.

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the oil burning in the Buddhist Temple

The Bell and the Monk, Japan by YST (aka kryptos5), via Flickr. S)

Kyoto Japan. Really want to go to Japan badly after having to cancel last 2 trips planned.

Zojoji Temple, Tokyo ; "Joya no Kane"-In Japan, we ring the bell in the temple in the evening of New Year's Eve. We call it "Joya no Kane". According to Buddhist beliefs, 108 is the number of passions and desires entrapping us in the cycle of suffering and reincarnation. So, the 108 bell chimes symbolize the purification from the 108 delusions and sufferings accumulated in the past year.

A small ladle(ひしゃく) in a washing pavilion at Narita-san temple in Narita, Chiba prefecture, Japan. beautiful reflection:)