November 21, 2021

A gate into autumnal tints: Jochi-ji

A gate into autumn: Jochi-ji


Being aware of the ending of late autumn, living things begin to hastily prepare for enduring the harsh winter.

Like the setting sun which shines flamingly just before sinking in the sea, the declined leaves of trees are turning into the blazing colors of fire, waiting for the time to flutter down in the chilly wind.

The subtle and exquisite chemistry of nature causes the dazzling flood of autumnal tints, which makes me find the wonders of life appearing stealthily in the passage of the seasons.


Sunset seascape in autumn: Zaimokuza-beach

Sunset seascape in autumn: Zaimokuza-beach


The glaring sun is gradually sinking beyond Izu Peninsula, while emitting tender golden light into the blue dusk of the evening sky.

Thanks to the chilly and dry air, the gray silhouettes of Mt. Fuji and Enoshima Island can be clearly seen in the distance behind Inamuragasaki Cape.

The dazzling glare of the setting sun is creating a brilliant band of golden light on the dull blue surface of the gently undulating sea as if to show me the eternal path to the Land of Bliss in the West.


Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji


Before the best time of autumn leaves, the brilliant mosaic created by the countless colored leaves is adorning the modest gate of the Kojirin which is the small hall for the meditation of Buddhist laypersons.

The mixture of leaves that are still green and those that have turned red and yellow creates the fine texture of bright colors, which reminds me of a Nishijin-ori silk fabric woven with gold threads and various beautiful colors and patterns.

Soon, as the air temperature falls rapidly, the colors of these leaves will turn even brighter to bring about the peak of autumnal colors.


Sunset scape, Mt.Fuji, and Enoshima-island: Zaimokuza-beach

Sunset scape, Mt.Fuji, and Enoshima-island: Zaimokuza-beach

 

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

 

Bamboo grove in autumn: Kencho-ji

Bamboo grove in autumn: Kencho-ji

 

Mt.Fuji in the evening twilight: Zaimokuza-beach

Mt.Fuji in the evening twilight: Zaimokuza-beach

 

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

 

Sunset sky: Yuigahama-beach

Sunset sky: Yuigahama-beach

 

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

 

Moon and clouds: Yuigahama-beach

Moon and clouds: Yuigahama-beach

 

Manryo (Ardisia crenata) fruits: Kaizo-ji

Manryo (Ardisia crenata) fruits: Kaizo-ji

 

Sunset sky: Yuigahama-beach

Sunset sky: Yuigahama-beach

 

Senryo (Sarcandra glabra) fruits and Tsubaki (camellia) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Senryo (Sarcandra glabra) fruits and Tsubaki (camellia) flowers: Kaizo-ji

 

Tsubaki (camellia) flowers: Jyochi-ji

Tsubaki (camellia) flowers: Jyochi-ji

 

October 21, 2021

Sion (Aster tataricus) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Sion (Aster tataricus) flowers: Kaizo-ji


As I entered the modest garden of Kaizo-ji temple, my eyes were dazzled by the countless purple flowers of Sion blooming brightly in the transparent sun of early autumn. The deep pink flowers of Fuyo (confederate rose,) which were once in full glory in late summer, have already passed their prime.

The seasons always come and go in a stealthy manner. Like the silent messages from the earth, the various seasonal flowers, which appear unexpectedly under my eyes, unveil this secret transition at the beginning of each season.