Just before the time of visitors coming to see the autumn leaves was in full swing, I strolled the temple grounds of Eikan-do. Because the timing was a bit off-season, I wasn’t caught in a crush of people. First, I went under the outside corridors and up the stone steps toward the pagoda on the cliff. The view from the top was fantastic. The priests at Eikan-do had been practicing, looking at the sun setting. They imagined the Buddhist Pure Land from here. I looked down the cliff. And I saw the colored leaves swaying. The garden in the south part of the precincts is a pond excursion garden. The murmur of the streams was comfortable to my ears. Various colors of maple leaves pleased my eyes with their complicated variations. Take a look at a video of the amazing outside corridors here.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。