The tinted autumnal leaves at Engaku-ji (Zuirokusan Engaku Kōshō Zenji or Engaku-ji is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temple complexes in Japan and is ranked 2nd among Five Mountains of Kamakura) just in front of Kita-Kamakura Station were absolutely amazing. Green leaves had put on autumn colours. The most of the green leaves had been yellow or had been red. The rest had become stray children and had stayed green. So the autumn leaves were made up of various tinted colours woven together as if the autumn leaves had were a picture on a canvas. The autumn leaves were a very beautiful scene and contrast.
And then I visited Jōchi-ji (Kinpōzan Jōchi-ji is a Buddhist Zen temple belonging to the Engaku-ji school of the Rinzai sect and is ranked 4th among Five Mountains of Kamakura). There are a pond, a stone bridge and a gate at the entrance of the temple precinct. Moreover there is also the Well of Sweet Dew (one of the famous Ten Kamakura Wells). I saw Kodama (which are spirits in Japanese folklore that inhabit trees (similar to the dryads of Greek mythology) and are prominently featured in Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke) at the entrance surrounded by a lot of nature. I felt a breath of life and had an indescribable feeling. I think we are kept alive.
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