Seven Sub-Temples of Daitoku-ji, Murasakino, Kyoto
The last place I visited today was Houshun-in sub-temple. It’s another special “no photo” temple normally not open to the public, but today it was, and they were happy to swap me a brochure for 400, 500, I cant remember how many Yen. The second I took off my shoes to enter the temple a guard smiled, held up his fingers in the infamous crossed fashion, and said “Sorry, sorry, crosed, crosed”. I walked right by him pretending not to understand, and did a one-minute dash around the main hall with him on my heels. I left a bit pissed off. I would have asked for my money back at the entry, sure they would remember me entering 90 seconds earlier, but they were closing shop and scooting away with the day’s profits…
So it’s not all about Buddha and love, after all, is it? And East is often like West.
Munny, munny,munny! we luv da munny munny!
If you decide to go to Daitoku-ji Temple Complex one day, and find Houshun-in open, just make sure it’s not near closing time.