We meet and we part ,
Coming and going – hearts like passimg clouds.
Except for the marks of a frosty – hair brush,
Human traces are hard to find.
I picked my way
Through a mountain road
And I was greeted
By a smiling violet.
On my way to Kuma-kogen town, I walked over two passes through the most gorgeous mountain areas and saw many dilapitated houses with everything still in. These long forgotten and abandoned houses had their own charme.
With blossoms fallen
In spaces between the twigs a temple
An old lady wearing the traditional hat admiring her old cherry tree blossoming. I had a nice chat with her, although we could not understand each other on one level. But we knew that it was about the beauty of the blossoms. On my way spring is everywhere- violets, daffodils,dandelion, tulips, camelias, magnolias, and many more seem to bloom all at once.
Breathing out clouds
Breathing in cherry blossoms
(This haiku was sent to me by a friend just now, it fits perfectly to my day)
A- gyo, one of the two guardien deities who protect the temple from evil. He has his mouth open.
Un- gyo, also protector, contains his wrath. In front of every temple, these two statues, called Niou-zo, are standing left and right in the entrance gate. I took this photos today at Butsumokuji, temple 42.
The path is you
That is why it will never tire of waiting.
Wether it is covered with red dust,
Or icy snow,
Come back to the path.
You will be like the tree of life.
Your leaves, trunk, branches
And the blossoms of your soul
Will be fresh and beautyful
Once you entered the practice of
Thich Nhat Hanh
WTypical japanese house with a vending machine under the porch. One can even buy hot drinks like coffee and hot Tea in this machines. Vending machines are everywhere, no need to take water along the path.
I sneak into your garden
To eat aronia berries
(Please keep yourself hidden
Until I go away)
Mosaic in a pedestrian tunnel along the coast after Kanjizaiji (temple 40) There are many tunnels along the path, usually shared with cars. This one was the first for pedestrians and bikers only. As it was a rainy day, it was good to be dry for a short time.