ANI-Reality: Sword Art Online S2

Yet another Sword Art Online blog post for the week! This comes from episode 25 of Season 2 of titled “Mother’s Rosario“.

Asuna is on a tour in Kyoto, there were a few places I’ve actually been to that Asuna went, but I just want to focus on this particular place.

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Asuna and the gang are visiting Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan.

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The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is an independent Buddhist temple located in Eastern Tokyo.  It’s actually a complex for several shrines and other points of interest; but this temple is the most popular on site.

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It’s surrounded by greenery and is so beautiful in all seasons. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Oji, and Otsu cities) UNESCO World Heritage site. This temple was founded during the Heian period, and it’s present building (seen) was built in 1633, by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty.  The name is taken from the waterfall within the complex. Kiyomizu translates to “pure water” or “clear water”.

No nails were used to build this structure, and the main hall is one large veranda supported by tall pillars that protrude out over the hillside boasting great views of Kyoto. The large open spaces were built to be able to accommodate the mass amount of people on pilgrimage. Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfalls, which are divided into 3 streams; in which each stream’s water is supposed to have a different benefit: longevity, success at school, or a fortunate love life. Visitors can drink from the stream but it’s said that if you were to drink from all three you’d be considered greedy.

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In the map below, you’ll be able to see the location of this historic place. You’ll notice little symbols that will look kind of odd to you as they are similar to the swastika symbol. The symbol has a complex history, but in Japan you’ll frequently see these symbols to be an indicator of Buddhism; hence it is a Buddhist Swastika.


Thoughts on Kiyomizu-Dera Temple? Have you been able to visit this place before? Also, if there are any other anime’s you can suggest that might have some interesting architectural features either for my ANI-Reality or Fantasy Friday posts, please don’t hesitate to send them my way! I’m always looking for new shows to watch!