Japan’s late autumn is the season of scenes full of colorful tree leaves.
Not only in parks and mountains but also at famous temples and shrines you can enjoy beautiful autumn landscapes.
These images are taken at Enko-ji (圓光寺), a tiny and beautiful Zen temple in Ichijo-ji, northeastern area in Kyoto.
Enko-ji was opened by famous Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康), first Shogun in Edo era (1603-1868). He defeated ex-ruling Toyotomi family and seized his power in his hand to open Shogun government that lasted nearly 270 years. He was not only a skillful commander but also an uncanny strategist, who thought it essential to root ethical mind into Japanese society after its pacification by his hand. To open Enko-ji Ieyasu invited a Zen monk with deep knowledge in Chinese classics, and this new temple became a center of learning classics in early Edo era. On the top of a hill behind the temple there is a tombstone dedicated to Ieyasu.