We had scheduled a bicycle tour of Kyoto that started near the train station; fortunately, heavy rain resulted in a much more photo-friendly walking tour. We took a municipal bus to the older section of town and began to walk.
In this most Buddhist of cities, one of the more interesting stops was a Shinto shrine, where I took this photograph of dippers. Our guide demonstrated their use in a purification ritual the details of which I, alas, have forgotten.
Photo: Dippers—Kyoto, 2008
(Dipper information at Japan Society.)