Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities), Japan - 2015
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Kiyomizu-dera temple (the temple of pure water).
Kiyomizu-dera complex was founded in Heian, what is now known as Kyoto. The temple was founded in 778, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633.
The main hall has a large veranda, supported by tall pillars, that juts out over the hillside and offers impressive views of the city. Large verandas and main halls were constructed at many popular sites during the Edo period to accommodate large numbers of pilgrims.
The popular expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge". This refers to an Edo period tradition that held that if one were to survive a 13-meter (43-foot) jump from the stage, one's wish would be granted. During the Edo period, 234 jumps were recorded, and of those, 85.4% survived. Of course, the practice is now prohibited.