If you saw Masayoshi Hirose's recent article, you'll know that Byodo-in has had a splendid new face-lift. If you plan to visit, make sure you check the views from outside the temple grounds! I love the sight of the graceful roof tops rising above the trees. I've heard it said that the loveliest views of Mount Fuji are the ones partly obscured by cloud, or sharing the view with trees or buildings. I suppose these photos operate on the same principle. Now that the temple's woodwork has been painted red, it will look even more alluring in contrast with the surrounding green.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.