Howdy friends, what’s cooking? I actually kind of lost track of how many days I have been in Kyoto already – I think today (or yesterday at this point, since it is past midnight already) was day 19, so here we go!
/AHHH I met up with two lovely friends (the same ones I went to Chion-in with … we are such a temple/shrine dream team, *hashtag namaste*) and we went to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine together. Apparently Kitano Tenmangu is in some way associated with Tenjin – the Shinto kami (“god”) of education and scholarship. For this reason, many students visit Kitano Tenmangu to pray for good grades, intelligence, diligence, and all those things related to studying.
Kitano Tenmangu is also well known for the flea market that is held in front of it on the 25th of every month. In my opinion, the flea market was not really a flea market, though, at least not the kind of flea market that are usually found in Germany. To me, it seemed more like a festival or matsuri, which I found even more awesome: there were some stands where people sold clothing, accessories, porcelain and many other things; but there were even more stands where you could play games and win prizes, and countless stands selling delicious street food.