December 9, 2020

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

In the humble front garden of the temple dedicated to Sho-Kannon (Aryavalokitesvara,)  the dry leaves of the old maple tree are quietly turning scarlet as if to know when the biting cold wind will begin to blow. 

By the side of this small temple, the old Kinmokusei (golden fragrant olive) tree, which once bore countless golden flowers in early autumn, has returned to its inconspicuous evergreen figure and is quietly standing there to brace itself for the arrival of harsh midwinter.

As winter deepens moment by moment, autumn leaves become brightly colored more and more to dye this tranquil garden with the flaming colors of vivid afterglow.

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