Omikuji Tree

Omikuji are fortunes written on strips of paper at shrines and temples in Japan. Bad fortunes are folded up and attached to a tree or wires on the shrine grounds. In Hei-an Shrine, they are fashioned into shrubs, becoming mini omikuji trees.

Lake and Sky

The Shobi-Kan Teahouse in the east garden (Higashi Shin’en) at Heian Shrine. There was a music festival of some sort when I visited in 2010. The whole experience, with the sky reflected at your feet, is simply sublime.