The official name of the landmark is Rokuon-ji, the Deer Garden Temple. Based on the wikipedia page, the appearance of the shrine has changed many times over the centuries. The crowds are quite intense but friendly and we twice more encountered groups of students; this time they interviewed Moti and then Kate.
There are other buildings and gardens around the temple complex, none of which quite rival the building and its mirror reflected in the pond. This was actually my second time through, though the first time was a rainy day back in 2002. There were fewer people about but the mood was understandably dampened.
Watching Moti interact with the students was fun in its own right. He has an excellent command of Japanese, but like a proper teacher and linguist, he stuck to English for the questions because if he just gave them the words for everything in their native tongues then it wouldn’t really be much of a lesson.
Kate’s interview came later, after we’d walked up the hill, past waterfalls and smaller ponds, and by an excellent sitting rock and a nearby tea shop. Hers was the first coed group of the bunch and they even eschewed the traditional v-sign in the group photo. I’m guessing that was because they were a bit older.
We went on to see other temples at my suggestion, to be covered in a future post. If I’d actually planned a bit further ahead, I’d have realized that the cost was our opportunity to see the Manga Museum or the Kyoto Peace Museum. That was a shame, but one that can be remedied by visiting the city again in some future year.