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Japan 2007 - spring

Tom at the haijin to

The "haijin to" (haiku poets memorial) gorinto (five-stone monument) at Rakushisha, in Arishiyama, Kyoto.

It is a monument dedicated to all haiku poets of the past, present, and future.

The "gorinto" is a traditoal form often found in graveyards representing the five elements - in Japanee thinking, earth, water, fire, wind, and heaven/void.

Rakushisha

Rakushisha, the reconstructed cottage of haiku poet Mukai Kyorai

Daruma figures, Daruma-dera (Horin-ji)

Daruma figures at Horin-ji temple, also known as Daruma-dera.

The thing covered with slips of paper is an enormous - about 3 feet high - Daruma figurine.

buttercups

I did not know that buttercups and dandelions grew in Japan.

I love that amidst the gardens, these are left alone.

boy with dandelion

In one of the gardens at Nijo castle; this little boy was more into the dandelions he could touch, than all the fancy planned botanical displays.

Good for him.

Koi in the moat, Nijo castle

Koi (carp, giant goldfish) in the moat.

garden at Nijo castle

Note that is takes hard work, done largely by hand, to keep the gardens looking like this. They don't use riding mowers.

Nijo castle

inside Nijo castle, Kyoto

Zen garden at Tenryu-ji

the beautiful garden at Tenryu-ji, the "Heavenly Dragon" Zen temple, on the outskirts of Kyoto.

Daruma image, Tenryu-ji

An image of our old friend Daruma inside the entrance of the main hall at Tenryu-ji.

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