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Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera, formally Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site; the place is not to be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan, or the Kiyomizu-dera temple associated with the Buddhist priest Nichiren. The temple is covered by semi-transparent scaffolding while it is undergoing restoration works in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period; the temple was founded in 778 by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure, it takes its name from the waterfall within the complex. Kiyomizu means pure water, it was affiliated with the old and influential Hossō sect dating from Nara times. However, in 1965 it severed that affiliation, its present custodians call themselves members of the "Kitahossō" sect.

The main hall has a large veranda, supported by tall pillars, that juts out over the hillside and offers impressive views of the city. Large verandas and main halls were constructed at many popular sites during the Edo period to accommodate large numbers of pilgrims; the popular expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge". This refers to an Edo-period tradition that held that if one were to survive a 13-meter jump from the stage, one's wish would be granted. During the Edo period, 234 jumps were recorded, of those, 85.4% survived. The practice was prohibited in 1872. Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water, believed to have wish-granting powers; the temple complex includes several other shrines, among them the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to Ōkuninushi, a god of love and "good matches". Jishu Shrine possesses a pair of "love stones" placed 18 meters apart, which lonely visitors can try to walk between with their eyes closed.

Success in reaching the other stone with their eyes closed implies that the pilgrim will find love, or true love. One can be assisted in the crossing; the person's romantic interest can assist them as well. The complex offers various talismans and omikuji; the site is popular during festivals when additional booths fill the grounds selling traditional holiday foodstuffs and souvenirs to throngs of visitors. In 2007, Kiyomizu-dera was one of 21 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World, but was not picked as one of the seven winning sites. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto List of Buddhist temples in Kyoto List of National Treasures of Japan The Glossary of Japanese Buddhism for an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, Japanese Buddhist temple architecture The New Seven Wonders - Wikipedia's list of the other finalists can be found here. Tourism in Japan Graham, Patricia J. Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art ISBN 978-0-8248-3126-4. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon.

Kyoto: The Old Capital of Japan, 794-1869. Kyoto: The Ponsonby Memorial Society. Information and Photograph Kiyomizu-dera Temple at Official Kyoto Travel Guide Kiyomizu-dera Temple home page Photos and details of Kiyomizu-dera as a pilgrimage destination

The Captain from Köpenick (1931 film)

The Captain from Köpenick is a 1931 German comedy film directed by Richard Oswald and produced by Gabriel Pascal. It is one of several films based on the 1931 play by the same name written by Carl Zuckmayer; the story centers on the Hauptmann von Köpenick affair in 1906. It was shot at the Johannisthal Studios on location in Köpenick; the film's sets were designed by the art director Franz Schroedter. Der Hauptmann von Köpenick is based on a true story that took place in Germany in 1906. A poor cobbler named. Wearing this, he travelled to the borough of Köpenick and ordered a troop of guardsmen to place themselves under his command, he declared the town hall to be under military law, ordering the arrest of the mayor and treasurer and confiscating all the funds in the exchequer. In this film version it's a considerable sum of 4,000 reichsmarks. Voigt's orders were obeyed without question and he temporarily got away with the caper, although he was caught. Rentschler, Eric, ed.. German Film and Literature: Adaptations and Transformations.

Hoboken: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-136-36873-8; the Captain from Köpenick Der Hauptmann von Köpenick on IMDb The film on dvd

Outlaws (band)

Outlaws are an American southern rock/country rock band best known for their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" and extended guitar jam "Green Grass and High Tides" from their 1975 debut album, plus their 1980 cover of the Stan Jones classic " Riders in the Sky". The Outlaws were formed in Tampa, United States, in 1967 by guitarists/vocalists Frank Guidry. Hughie Thomasson, Herbie Pino and Hobie O'Brien, drummer David Dix and bassist Phil Holmberg joined the on going band to replace members. Before Guidrys joined the band the group was called The Four Letter Words, he had been in a band by the same name. By early 1968, O'Brien and Holmberg both left the band to get married and Frank O'Keefe came in on vocals and bass respectively; that year, Tommy Angarano joined the Outlaws to replace Pino, bringing Hammond organ sounds and his style of vocals to the band. He left the band, Shortly after, Herb was brought back in. In the spring of 1968 the group's first manager, Paul Deutekom, brought them to Epic Studios in New York City to record an album, never released after the band and the producer of the album had a falling-out.

The group headed back to Tampa got another deal to go to Criteria Studios in Miami. There they recorded another album with producer Phil Gernhard, but this album was never released and Gernhard vanished soon after. As part of the Gernhard record deal, Ronny Elliott working with Phil Gernhard was brought in around this time forcing Guidry out of the band. Ronny played bass while O'Keefe switched to guitar, but O'Keefe went back to bass after Elliott left several weeks when the band didn't sound the same and Herb Pino began playing guitars and doing vocals at this time. Drummer Monte Yoho joined that same year to sub for Dix. In early 1970, the Outlaws were joined by two members of the Dave Graham Group, managed by Paul Deutekom The Dave Graham Group's Union leader was Monte Yoho, but he was not invited to be part of this line-up; the early 1970 Outlaws line-up was Hughie Thomasson, Frank O'Keefe, Dave Dix, Billy Jones and Dave Graham. Graham was influential in moving the group toward country-rock the music of Poco.

They recorded a cover of the Doors' "Five to One" as an audition to a recording deal that never materialized. This lineup ended in the spring of 1970 and the group parted ways with Deutekom. Yoho and Herb Pino returned, but by 1971 the offers for gigs had slowed down and the group went into limbo for a year or so, not sure if they would continue. In 1971 Henry Paul, a singer and guitarist, born in New York City but grew up in the Tampa area, returned from a stay in Greenwich Village NYC to form Sienna, more of a country rock outfit, he was joined by Frank O'Keefe. In 1972, Hughie Thomasson returned from a brief spell in New York where he had been backing folksinger Milton Carroll, joined up with Paul, Yoho and O'Keefe and Sienna became the reborn Outlaws. Billy Jones, who would sometimes show up to jam with the group on organ in 1971 and 1972, returned from a stint in Boulder, Colorado in 1973 and switched to guitar, giving birth to the band's first infamous guitar trio dubbed "the Florida Guitar Army".

O'Keefe left the group temporarily in 1973–74. Buzzy Meekins and another bassist named. In 1974, Charlie Brusco signed on as manager for the Outlaws. Alan Walden was told of the group by Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant and he joined forces with Brusco as co-manager; the band was the first act signed to Arista Records under Clive Davis. Davis was in the audience at a show in 1974 where the band was opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd in Columbus, Georgia. On the way to the stage for Lynyrd Skynyrd's set, lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant said to Clive Davis, with Charlie Brusco “If you don’t sign the Outlaws, you’re the dumbest music person I’ve met—and I know you’re not.” The Outlaws' earliest well known songs were "There Goes Another Love Song" and "Green Grass and High Tides", both from their 1975 debut album The Outlaws. Their 1980 cover of " Riders in the Sky" from the album Ghost Riders was their biggest single chart success, reaching No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the Outlaws are considered to be a part of the Southern rock genre, there are distinct differences in their approach and their influences.

Their primary similarity to other Southern rock bands is the dual lead guitar interplay, a defining characteristic of many Southern rock bands. However, the Outlaws’ mix of country and rock elements displays the vocal harmony influences of groups like Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Poco, their use of three and four part harmonies set them apart from their contemporaries who relied on a single lead vocalist. Hughie Thomasson's signature guitar playing style and voice were defining characteristics of the band's sound. Thomasson's guitar sound was underpinned by the use of the Fender Stratocaster played in a quasi-country style mixed with fluid, quick blues runs. Hughie was nicknamed "The Flame" for his flaming fast guitar work, he is a member of the Fender Hall of Fame. The other lead guitarist, Billy Jones, played a Gibson Les Paul and switched between a clean and distorted sound. A good example of this can be heard on "Green Grass and High Tides" on the right stereo channel.

Hughie Thomasson's distinctive Stratocaster sound can be heard on the left channel. Thomasson opens the first solo at the intro and plays the first half of the two succeeding longer solos all on the right channel. There are many video examples of his Green Grass solos on the internet; the r