Posts Tagged ‘ 永観堂 ’

Autumn in Japan ・日本の秋 — through the years.

Below I offer a few newly-found, but certainly not “new,” autumn photos taken over the years  (from 1984 and 2009). I’ve taken more recent ones, in more recent autumns in Japan, but I thought these would suffice for this year.  I may update if or when I run across more share-worthy photos.

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Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Kyoto. 1984

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Mist in Kurama.  October 2003.

Mist in Kurama. October 2003.

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Looking towards Shinnyo-do Temple. Kyoto. November 2009.

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Tea Break During Rice Harvest. Tsuda. 1984.

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One of the more popular places from which to photograph Kiyomizu-dera. Fall 2001.

Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto. Fall 2001.

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On Jingu no michi, looking towards the Higashiyama. Kyoto. 2003.

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Ladder. Kurama. November 2003.

Ladder. Kurama. November 2003.

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Along Tetsugaku no Michi (“Philosopher’s Path”). Kyoto. 2003.

For much more on, and more photos from, Philosopher’s Path, click here.

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Evening “light up” at Eikan-do Temple. Kyoto. 2003.

Eikan-do (see photo immediately above) is one of my favorite temples in Kyoto.  I highly recommend checking out Eikan-do’s website.  In May 2008 one of the head priests granted a group I was guiding an hour-long audience to discuss Eikan-do and some of the basic tenets of Buddhist theology and philosophy.  Disclosure:  I had a hand in editing one of Eikan-do’s web pages.

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One, more recent, additional photo:

Facing North on Kawabata Street, Kyoto. November 2009.

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春! Spring Preview…

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Still a week and a half to go until Spring officially arrives, but where I am the dogwoods are beginning to bloom, as are the redbuds.  The wisteria (藤) usually bursts forth around March 24, give or take a day.  The snapshots below are all from Kyoto, all from last April (’09).

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Eikando -- 永観堂 -- April 2009

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Woman checking cellphone. Okazaki Jinja. 岡崎神社前 April 2009.

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Umbrellas. Kyoto. April 2009.

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Eikando colors. April 2009.

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Spring Fever. On a Kyoto bus. April 2009.

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Please note regarding the “April Group Trip” to Kyoto (top of this page): it’s been moved to Autumn.  Details will be coming soon (dates and such), but the day to day itinerary will be very, very close to the one outlined and viewable in the link above.  I will be taking an end-of-May trip to Tokyo and Kyoto, guiding a group of graduate students there — well, the tickets are all bought and the hotel reservations have all be made and an itinerary’s being finalized over the couple few weeks.

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