On the path to Kurama-dera atop Mt. Kurama, the wellspring of the Kamo River that forms Kyoto's west side.
In Japanese lore, the wellsprings of rivers are a sacred and powerful places. Many wellsprings are located in the depths of the mountains, making many mountainous areas also very powerful.
According to Chinese cosmology, which informed the layout of ancient Kyoto, the ideal location for any place -- and especially a capital city -- has mountains to the north, a river to the west, a valley to the south, and a road to the east. Each of these directions/landscapes is protected by one of the Four King-Beasts: Genbu, the black tortoise; Seiryu, the blue dragon; Suzaku, the crimson pheonix; and Byakko, the white tiger, respectively.
For anyone who's a total nerd like me, you'll recognize the name Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho. This isn't a coincidence. Mt. Hiei lies some miles to the west. Mt. Hiei is the center of the Tendai sect of Buddhism.
So, yeah. The characters Kurama and Hiei are named for two of the most important mountains in/near Kyoto. 😅
You'll also recognize the names of the Four King-Beasts from that one story arc.
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