December 25, 2012

Autumn leaves in Engaku-ji

The old maple tree which bears numberless colored leaves is towering high beside the steep hill leading to the sub-temple named Oubai-in (Winter Jasmine Temple).

It may be that one day for a tree is one year for a human and that autumn for a tree is the twilight just before sundown.

The flaming colors of autumn leaves resemble the brilliant colors of the sky aglow with the setting sun.

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