Kyoto has over 2,000 temples in the city and they range in size from itty bitty to super enormous. Of course, I visited the super enormous ones and let me tell you, they were impressive. As with most things like this (think Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, pictures don't do it justice, but pictures is what I have so here we go.
First, we'll start with a little one. This little temple was at the hotel. There was a sweet little walking path up a hill and at the top was this adorable little shrine/temple.
This next temple was much bigger. This was beautiful with the sloping roof lines and bright red/white colors.
This temple included many buildings. This building below was for worshiping and no photo's were allowed inside.
So, I've shown you all these temples and deities. Now a little more detail about the actual religion for these.
I did a quick Wikipedia search on religion in Japan to try to understand what these temples and shrines represent. According to Wikipedia most Japanese do not conform to one specific religion but practice forms of Shinto which is the Japanese indigenous religion. About 85% of the population practice some form of Shinto. Unlike the Judeo-Christian religions, Shinto does not require the same admission of faith, but instead just asks people to participate in certain aspects of it. This religion has a respect for nature and for sacred sites. These sites were set up to worship the sun, rock formations, trees and even sounds. Most of the sites have both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.
As I close let me say this 'As for me and my house - we will serve the Lord.' My devotion and faith in Jesus Christ is as strong as ever and as I observed these monuments to gods I was so thankful for the forgiveness of sin that my God Jesus offers me and the peace that I have because of that. It was also encouraging for me to realize that the Gospel of Jesus is available to the people of Japan so that if they are not finding satisfaction and contentment with their religion, Christianity is available to them.
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