The foliage of Eikando Temple is said to be most spectacular during Autumn. During the season, evening lights illuminate red leaves that stretch out towards the starry sky. I arrived there last year just as summer was ending; the scarlet hues that would eventually dominate Eikando’s foliage had not yet fully taken root. Still, the small splashes of orange among the trees whispered of eagerness for another season, another turn of the year, in this quiet corner of the world.

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Eikando temple is also rightfully known for a harmonious blend of Buddhist architecture with carefully manicured gardens and ponds. The facilities within the 1200-year-old complex house priceless artifacts and hallowed, gold-papered shrines. The most famous of these artifacts is the Mikaeri Amida: a statue of the Buddha that peers behind its shoulder, waiting and beckoning to those that follow it.

Unfortunately, photography is forbidden in the interior rooms. However, the small gallery below captures the calming beauty of the Eikando grounds and complex.

Photos were taken September 2015 on a well-loved and much-battered Canon EOS 550D.

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