The annual cleanup was held a week earlier this year, not sure why. Maybe so the temple grounds could look all sparkling and beautiful for Golden Week? Possibly. Whatever the reason, we were there with our work gloves on, flipping stones and picking up dirt. Oh, the things we do for Nikko! The sacrifice of getting at an ungodly hour on a Sunday - the only day when I can sleep in. But I didn't sleep in today. Today, like all the other good worker bees, we headed for the Shrines and Temples complex in Nikko to do our part and clean the damn thing.
Last year we worked at Toshogu, this year we were assigned to Taiyuin. Personally, I like Taiyuin better. Not sure why. Maybe it's because the volunteers get not only hot tea (like at Toshogu), but also yummy pickles? And I definitely like pickles.
This year the money that normally goes to the clean up volunteers (something very nominal like 500 yen per person) was donated to the earthquake and tsunami victims.
Here's a video of our effort:
And even with two pairs of work gloves, my hands looked like I've been digging in the dirt. Which, come to think of it, I was.
All in all, it was a great day.
And this is my entry for Show Me Japan, which this week is again guest hosted by the wonderful Ichigoichielove.