To continue from the last post about Gotuku-ji Shrine...
From what I could find out, this is a Jungle Crow. We would hear these birds in the morning in Gion. Not a very pretty sound. And they are BIG.
So I guess this post will be of some of the things found at the Shrine.
Once you walk through the main gate and past the large bell, you see this large urn.
A kind lady explained what to do.
You get your incense sticks from here.
Light them here.
And place your sticks here while offering your prayers.
We were very lucky. We hit the end of the ume or plum blossoms and the beginning of the sakura or cherry blossoms. While we did not go to any of the parks to view sakura like so many do, I think seeing them at this temple was much more beautiful than in a crowd of drunken strangers. The petals look so delicate.
English being used to get one's attention?
The beautiful trees at this shrine were just spectacular. A lot of work went into having them look this way.