The students visited Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto’s oldest temple which overlooks the city. Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and was built at the end of the 8th century. The main hall was constructed in the 17th century, and is famous for its location overhanging a cliff. The platform of the main hall, which is supported by 139 giant pillars, affords a spectacular view of the town of Kyoto.

 

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The tour party caught a Shinkansen ‘bullet’ train bound for Kyoto and two and a bit hours later they arrived at Kyoto Station. As Mrs Havell put it, “It was totally unexpected. Architecturally, it is very grand.” And indeed, it is - modern and ‘grand’ in every sense of the word.

 

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At the Hiroshima Peace Park spring is still in the air. The strings of paper cranes with messages of peace and prayers from Sancta Maria College students hang colourfully amongst many that have brought over by different groups from around the world.

 

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