Castle and temple with the stones of love
Castle and temple with the stones of love in Japan
Matsumoto Castle is an ancient Japanese castle in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.
The Japanese have an amazing ability to see and find in all the real allegories: the ancient castle of Matsumoto they call “Karasu-jo”, which means “The Crow Castle” (for the walls of black color and side towers, similar to the outstretched wings of the bird).
Matsumoto Castle is one of four castles on the “National Treasures of Japan” list.
The castle has very low ceilings and an ancient staircase leading to the halls in which the armor and weapons of the Sengoku period (the warring states) were exhibited when the Matsumoto was built.
Outside, the main tower of the castle looks five-story, but it’s not. Inside there are six floors. Just one of the floors, designed for storing ammunition, does not have windows, so that it would not be possible to fire a gunpowder with a skillful or accidental shot in the window.
The area of the castle is 39 hectares. It is surrounded by three lines of water-filled moats and a fortified wall. Inside – a powerful citadel, which housed the chambers of the prince and his family, a large garrison, various arsenals and warehouses for ammunition, food, everything necessary for life under siege. In the part of the castle sheltered from shelling, residential houses were built for the samurai – the commanders of the prince’s guards and his advisers. Near the main tower there are two auxiliary ones, connected by a covered passage. The floor of the transitions is buried in the ground, so it is very difficult to follow the movements of the defending soldiers from the side. It is possible to get into the main tower only through an extension attached to the uninvited visitors. There will have to leave the shoes. The castle, as in any Japanese house, is allowed only barefoot or in socks.
Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) is a Buddhist temple complex in Higashiyama district of Kyoto city (Japan). The full name is Otovasan Kiyomizudera (音 羽山 清水寺) in eastern Kyoto, this is one of the main attractions of the city of Kyoto.
The temple was founded in 778, but modern buildings date back to 1633. The temple is called so along the waterfall inside the complex, the name means the Temple of pure water. In Japan, there are several less well-known temples with the same name.
The temple complex occupies a vast territory on the picturesque slope of the mountain. On the territory of the temple there is a small waterfall. In one of the main halls is the sacred stone of the Buddha, to which one must descend through the tunnel in total darkness.
This temple is one of the few temples of the school of Hosso (corresponding to the Indian philosophical school of yogachara, the founder of the school – Dosyo). The temple belongs to the Shinto jinja jinja (Yap. 地主 神社) Shinto shrine, in which several spirits live, including Okoninusi no Mikoto, the “god of love”. In the idol, there are two “love stones”, and many young Japanese people come to them to ask for the love of their betrothed. For this it is necessary to pass with closed eyes between the stones.