Miyabi: Subtle Beauty of Nanzenji

Luscious autumn of Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 2 min read

These photos date back five years ago, to November 20th in 2009.

The buildings of this temple are very old, so even if these photos are five years old, there's not much difference in the scenery. You can enjoy these old photos as though they are the latest views of the temple.

If there's a difference at all, it would be how luscious or gorgeous the color of maple trees here are each year . In 2008 and 2009, the autumn leaves here were exceptionally beautiful.

In this photo story, I'd like to introduce the landmark of Nanzenji Temple, the 'canal tunnel', and the area surrounding it. This canal tunnel is often used as a locale of various TV dramas. Here, the foreign red brick architecture is merged into Japanese old temple buildings, which creates a mysteriously attractive landscape.

Nanzenji Temple; My Home Sweet Home
1. Miyabi: Subtle Beauty of Nanzenji
2. Wabi: Lonesome Beauty of Nanzenji
3. Sabi: Sad Beauty of Nanzenji
 

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose