Friday, November 15, 2013

Zen & Persimmons in Yamanashi

Last Sunday we decided to go to Yamanashi Prefecture to buy some Persimmons. I also wanted to visit to Temples to see the autumn leaves in a peaceful environment. Here's how the day went.

It was a windy day. As we passed by lake Yamanakako I was quite surprised to see waves on the normally placid lake.

Once we crossed over the mountains and entered Yamanashi Prefecture the wind died down and the day became very pleasant. Our first stop was at Erinji Temple. As we traversed the long tree lined entrance to the Temple I could feel all stress and tension slipping off me and turning to dust on the wayside.

The temple grounds are peacefully at home with mother nature.

It wouldn't be a temple without stone lanterns.

One of the temple residents gave me the eye.

Near by Erinji Temple is a fruit farm the specializes in Persimmons.

Picked from the tree and peeled.

Then hung up to dry.

There were so many hung up to dry that it created a kind of Persimmon curtain.

Next up was a visit to the Zen Temple Kougakuji.

This temple is also enveloped in the beauty of mother nature.

The first temple we visited was quite popular and had many visitors while we were there. Where as with Kougakuji Temple we had the whole place to ourselves.

Meet the Buddha. 

After enjoying the peace and quiet of the temple grounds for about half an hour some other visitors arrived.

Taking one last look we departed and pointed our car toward Lake Kawaguchiko.

Lake Kawaguchiko is nice to visit anytime of the year, but especially so in the autumn. Emi is j-walking to take a look at the lake shore.

While I wonder around aimlessly taking pictures of the Fall leaves.

It was a spectacular day and now it was time to head home.

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had a nice trip. I really like the fall colors.