Easy child birth — really?

From Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera, I spotted Koyasu-no-To pagoda in the distance. The lure of this orange tower in the lush setting was impossible to ignore, so I set out towards this solitary structure leaving behind the main complex that was under external renovations.

Bambo scaffolding around Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
Bamboo scaffolding around Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

On the way, I discovered the pagoda’s meaning was easy child birth pagoda. When I arrived, no one was there so I guess, like me, they weren’t convinced by the pagoda’s name.

Collecting the pure water
Collecting the pure water

From there, another path led down where crowds lined up to collect water from a spring that trickled down into the stream below. Kiyomizu meant clear or pure water and it appeared people viewed this spring similar to holy water judging by the length of the line.