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On January 2nd 2010 we climbed Mount Shigi in Nara, Japan to celebrate the new astrological year of the tiger and 1300 years of Nara.

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It was in another tiger year that "multitasking" Prince Shotoku Taishi (apparently so intelligent he could understand ten conversations at once), was defending Buddhism against the Mononobe family. Prince Taishi called on Bishamonten, the Buddhist god of war, in the Hour of the Tiger, on the Day of the Tiger. It seemed to work; Taishi prevailed over the Mononobes. He built Shigisan Chogosonsiji Temple -- the tiger shrine -- on Mount Shigi in Bishamonten's honour. We climbed and we climbed, my how we climbed...

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumakouji.livejournal.com
I bet the view from that bridge spanning the lake was as breath-taking as it looks.

Kansai home movies

Date: 2010-01-03 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funazushi.livejournal.com
A little teaser for Kumakouji, I image that your're somewhat of a Buddhiphile. Can you guess where some of this Kansai footage was taken (aside from Kamakura)? By way of connection to the post, the watch I'm wearing is a Mao 100 year anniverary mock rolex. Taking Tiger Mountain by luxury goods.

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