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  • Hello, I'm Andrew Marston and welcome to Tour Japan

  • the show where I tell you about a place in Japan and then we go there.

  • Today we're headed to yet another location that's part of Kyoto's UNESCO world heritage site

  • the legendary Buddhist temple Kiyomizudera.

  • The most famous part of the temple complex is the 13m tall wooden stage

  • that extends from the front of the main hall.

  • During the Edo period it was believed that if you jumped off the stage and survived

  • your wish would be granted

  • Although now this practice has been prohibited

  • of the 234 recorded jumps during that period

  • an impressive 200 jumpers survived

  • and hopefully got their wish.

  • The temple was built on the site of the Otowa Waterfall

  • whose famously pure waters still flow near the bottom of the temple complex

  • and has been channelled into three streams for visitors to partake of

  • Also near the stage you'll find the iron spear and sandals of the legendary strong-man warrior-monk Benkei

  • alongside a regular pole weapon used by ordinary non-strong man monks

  • As the story goes, if you're able to lift the spear

  • you'll be endowed with prospoerity and are worth to be a protector of Kiyomizudera.

  • Lastly, twice a year they have special illumination events at night.

  • once at the end of March during Hanatoro during sakura season

  • and again in the end of November for the autumn leaves, which is when we're visiting

  • Alright, here comes a smorgasbord of fall colors so I hope you're hungry...

  • ... or something...

  • ... start the video...

  • So, whenever I visit Kiyomizudera

  • inevitably I end thinking about how I would try to survive that 13m stage jump and get my wish granted.

  • Would I go for the classic Parkour, dive-roll at the point of impact

  • Would I just wear a bunch or loose clothing and whole bunch of padding underneath?

  • Let me know in the comments what creative stategy you would employ to survive the jump

  • and also what your wish would be.

  • Thanks for watching, I'm Andrew Marston. See you next time.

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Hello, I'm Andrew Marston and welcome to Tour Japan

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