こんにちは。サブリーダー、チーム5のリーダーの森崎聖菜です。 Hello everyone. I'm Sena Morisaki and a leader of sub, team 5.
早くもキャンプ5日目です。 Today is already fifth day of winter camp.
朝は、妙心寺に行って座禅を体験しました。 In the morning, we we went to Myosin-zhi and experienced Zazen,
お坊さんが全て英語で説明してくださり、みんなも真剣に聞いて座禅をしていました。 Buddihist priest explained to us in all English, so everyone were experiencing seriously.
そのあとは来日生と日本人スタッフが3チームに分かれて清水寺、祇園、伏見稲荷稲荷へ行きました。 After Myosin-zhi, we separated by 3 team,and went ti Kiyomizu-dear, Gion, and Fushimiinari-taisya.
どのチームもそれぞれのお寺と昼食と買い物を楽しみ、無事に時間内に京都駅に戻ることができました。 Every team enjoyed each shrine, lunch, and shopping, and could came back to Kyoto station safely, in time.
帰りのバスでも、それぞれのコースのことを話し合って盛り上がっていました。 In returning bus, everyone talked about each courses,and livened up.
明日にはこのキャンプが終了します。 This camp will finish tomorrow.
ちょうど慣れて来た頃なのにお別れは寂しいです。しかしこれがキャンプです。 Although we are acclimatized to this environment, we have to say "good bye " so I'm so sad.But this is youth camp.
最後までスタッフとしてしっかりと頑張ります。 I want to do the best as a member of camp staff.
It was a pleasant morning with such beautiful weather like before. We were into the mood of completing the fifth day of the camp which was going a day trip to Kyoto. After cleaning up, we had our lovely breakfast and did some preparations for the activities and trip to Kyoto. We left the hostel quite early to make sure we are on time accordingly to schedule. It was about 8.50 that we left Nara for Kyoto.After one and a half hours sitting in the bus,we finally reached our destinations as we were pumped to participate. Not long after ,we stopped at a temple called Myoshinji Temple Taizo-in which we were excited to do meditation for the first time.
While walking into the temple, we saw beautiful unexplainable scenery which was located beside the path we were walking in. The air was fresh and the scenery was comfortable as we were surrounded by gardens and trees. As we entered the temple, we were welcomed by a local master which even given us some explanations about meditation which is called Zazen in Japanese. There were three simple steps to meditate. Firstly, find a quiet place, straighten for backs and put your right hand on the left hand and stick tightly to you stomach. The aim of meditation is to release our stress and clear our mind. All camp candidates and Japanese staff with some lions did meditation for around 15 minutes with a start of one clap and four rings of traditional bells. And also, the meditation ended by two click or claps followed by one ring of bell. After the meditation, the master gave us a quick tour around the temple and it was stunning. The gardens with mini waterfalls gave a feeling that we was in the middle of the jungle. I was so impressed by the design and also the quietness of the surroundings. After having a good time, we went back to our bus to continue our journey of one day trip in Kyoto. We headed to Kyoto station as planned at the same time, were excited as were we heading there. When reach, we went and split accordingly into groups which were heading to Gion, Kiyomizu-dera temple and Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine. I had selected Fushimi Inari shrine due to the beauties of the scenery and also the redness of the thousand shrines. And also I was looking forward to try and taste the food there. After splitting into groups, my group went to Fushimi Inari as planned. It took us 15 minutes by bus and 3.3 km from Kyoto station. The fees was about 500 yen per person and it was moderate. We took public bus as it was the most convenient way to reach there. We stopped at a bus station nearby and got off the bus. Soon, we started walking to Fushimi Inari and welcomed by a red giant shrine Called the 熊野社 (Kumanosha). We continued our way and saw a smaller shrine called 藤尾社 (Fujiosha). Those two shrines was biggest
Among all and it was gigantic. All of my group was amazed by the size and also the redness of the shrine. Then, we skipped past some attractions to find our way to the main shrine. There were bells hanging in front of the main shrine that are used to get luck. I tried to rang it and it played beautiful sounds. After taking pictures ,we headed to the main attraction which were Senbon Torii (1000 shrine gates) It was so beautiful that we dropped jaws and the place was packed with countless people taking pictures everywhere. We went into the right lane of the shrines. We were surprised that the size of the shrine was small and we could barely fit in. According to Wikipedia, this place is so famous that millions from around the world come specially to visit this attraction. After exiting the shrines we went to Omokaru Stone which applied to a concept of the more lighter you guessed the stone weight that is nearer, the more chances your wishes will come true. Then you will lift the stone up. Later, we continued the journey by buying tons of food back . Most of them are street food and pork meat . I bought a giant chunk of pork meat and it was freaking delicious. My friends also ate some takoyaki and we shared the food together that's all about the trip one day trip to Kyoto .