Sunday, July 02, 2006
Yamadera Last Week
Last week, I promised to write about my fantastic trip to Yamadera, which is a Buddhist monastery in Yamagata, in the mountains north of me. Well, it was quite nice. It had that wonderful feeling of "I'm in some fantastic whimsical Martial Arts film."
The place is actually a Buddhist Monastery of some significance, but succumbs to tourists like many others wonderful places. Its still quite impressive though. You begin by climbing steps up the side of a mountain. Soon, you come out to the top to find all these buildings nestled into a steep ravine. One shrine sits out on a ledge, as you can see in the picture.
It would be a fantastic place to visit again. I'd like to photograph it early in the morning. Anyways, here's the pictures.