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The Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan. Its history dates back to the 8th century. The name Kiyomizu means pure water (Kiyoi mizu). The temple was given this name due to the waterfall within the complex. During 1603-1867 it was a tradition to plunge from the temples big terrace into the forest. The people believed if one survived the 13 meter jump ones wishes would be granted. It is not known if the wishes of those who survived came true. The outcome of this tradition is the Japanese figure of speech; „ jump off the stage at Kiyomizu“, and means as much as „ to come to a decision”.