This post full of pictures of 紅葉 (kouyou = fall colors; though this same compound can be read as “momiji” which is more specifically the maple tree) goes out to a certain 先生. ^o^
This past Sunday I was feeling restless and decided to go down to 光明禅寺 (Koumyouzenji), a zen temple close to Dazaifu Tenmanguu, to enjoy the fall colors there. Unfortunately, the place was packed, so I didn’t even try going into the inner courtyard. That said, what gives momiji their fire, I realized, isn’t the leaves themselves, but the sun shining on them; since the trees in the inner courtyard are low and in shade, from what glimpses I did get the color there actually wasn’t that impressive.
So, before we get on to the photos, if you don’t already have some tunes taking you to another level, may I suggest this track by DJ Nozawa, which heavily samples the My Neighbor Totoro track “Tsukamori no Taiju,” or this track from Star Ocean: First Departure, which plays in a town that is perpetually flooded by autumn leaves, for your listening pleasure?
Well, here we go~
Hm, that last caption pretty much does away with any Aesthetic Emotions you may have been feeling eh? ^_^;
Well, that’s pretty much it. You can’t tell how ridiculously crowded it was from the photos I posted, though Koumyouzenji wasn’t as bad as Tenmanguu. Around this time there’s also 七五三 (shichigosan) celebrations going on, so I saw several little kids decked out in their kimono on the path leading to the shrine. Given the crowds, I had to tell my homie Sugawara-no-Michizane that I couldn’t go visit his crib that day. ^o^;