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winter at Gio-ji

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 3 January 2020 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gio-ji Temple is a quiet temple surrounded by trees and a luxuriant moss garden. The trees grow quite densely, and the temple is often covered in deep shade. Inside the temple, however, is a statue of Dainichi Nyorai, the Buddha of Light. Other statues are connected to the temple's place in Japanese history and literature.

The temple was named after Gio, a dancer from long ago who fell in love with the Heike Clan's powerful leader Taira-no-Kiyomori. When he ended their relationship, Gio retreated to this temple to spend the rest of her life as a Buddhist priestess, along with her sister, mother, and another of Kiyomori's spurned lovers. Wooden statues of the women and Kiyomori are enshrined in the main hall.

The temple grounds are especially beautiful in autumn, when the leaves change colors and stand in sharp contrast to the green moss.

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 800 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a beautiful moment . . the Life of Winter.

3 Jan 2020 7:40am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

What a wonderful carpet at the bottom there.

3 Jan 2020 8:56am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

agréable

3 Jan 2020 5:21pm

marije from ardèche, France

quelle ambiance, superbe

3 Jan 2020 8:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Gorgeous!

5 Jan 2020 3:57am