It takes only five minutes' walk to the temple from a tiny local station
which is at the foot of Mt. Hiei, the holy mountain in Kyoto.
Here is already a different world lapped with jade-like radiant green of maple trees!
Crossing a lovely wooden bridge, I feel as if the temple
were cut away from the ordinary world.
going and going・・・・
Mountain Alley Garden leading to the other gate
I feel warm hospitality of the temple, because at each viewing spot, Japanese style cushions are ready for the visitors. All you see are the waves of maple leaves whirling in numerous shades of green. All you hear are bush warblers and Mori-aogaeru in Japanese, which are small tree frogs, singing in quiet chorus.
This is the second floor where you see green reflections here and there.
This is " Lapis Lazuli Garden". It is said that Pure Lapis Lazuli Land of Healing Buddha will appear in the garden when some particular weather conditions coincide. One temple staff member said to me," When proper elements coincide after sudden rainfall in the sunshine, Healing Buddha's Pure Land will appear." The name of the temple is based on this " Lapis Lazuli Garden".
This is "Lapis Lazuli ".
This is "Crouching Dragon Garden".
a tea room
The main characteristics of the temple are dozens of different kinds of maples trees, carpets of moss and hundreds of Japanese Andromeda. (In spring and autum, this temple is open to public.)
In May, standing under the shadows of maples trees, I bathe in flickering light and feel as if I were dyed in luminous green.
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