A byte of life from the Land of Sumos and Sushi

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Tokyo is an ultra-modern cyber-neon concrete sprawl of urban decay. But it does have some traditional Japanese buildings and temples too. We checked in to a few of the most well know shrines and parks to get our fill of stereo typical Japan.

The temples and shrines are beautiful buildings, there's no doubting that, but my general opinion is that if you've seen one, you've pretty much seen them all. The now well documented syndrome of temple overdose (know as OTing) is a common complaint by visitors to the far east.

The illness is caused by trying to visit too many famous temples in any given area, in a short amount of time, and is common is Japan, China, Cambodia and Thailand. The symptoms are fatigue, boredom, and a desire to never see another temple as long as you live (though these symptoms normally pass after the victim has been removed from temple stimuli).

I am glad to say that I have managed to avoid this illness, largely by not bothering to visit many temples. By keeping my temple intake well below the RDA (the World Health Organisation recomends you visit a maximum of one temple per day) I have so far managed to stay healthy.

Stay safe, view temples in moderation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the tip, it could well save me from grave malaise when i visit thailand in august

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:27:00 am


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