On a beautiful early summer afternoon, drove to Yase, at the foot of Mt. Hiei. First went to Rakuhoku Rengeji Temple. A lovely stone pavement leads from the entrance to the Shoin. The green leaves in the sunshine were breathtakingly beautiful.
View of the pond-viewing garden from the Shoin. It is said that famous cultural people of the time such as Kano Tanyu, Kinoshita Junan, and Ingen Zenmaster cooperated in the creation of the temple, and the garden with a crane and turtle island in a pond filled with water from a tributary of the Koya River is said the one by Ishikawa Jozan.
Ishikawa Jozan, a literary figure of the early Edo period, was born into a family of Samurai serving the Tokugawa family in Mikawa, and worked in the summer battle in Osaka as a vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu. But he disobeyed to the order and angered Ieyasu, then became a unemployed. Later, he studied Confucianism at the suggestion of Hayashi Razan. He was also well versed in Chinese poetry, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and gardening, and was the founder of the Sencha tea ceremony. A very multi-talented person. Also known for the gardens of Shisendo and Shoseien at Higashi Honganji Temple.
Rengeji Temple was featured in a campaign by JR Tokai.
Went to Rurikoin Temple, not far from Yase Heizanguchi Station. The temple was originally the villa of Gentaro Tanaka, a businessman in the Meiji era (1868-1912), but after his death, it was rebuilt by Sotoji Nakamura, a master carpenter. In 2005, it became a temple of the Higashi Honganji sect of the Jodo Shinshu sect.
Stone steps lead from the main gate to the Shoin.
The green leaves reflected on the lacquered table on the second floor of the Shoin, like a mirror.
Fantastic scenery. The autumn leaves must be beautiful.
View to the Ruri Garden on the first floor of the Shoin.
View from the first floor of the Shoin.
The direction of Yase Hieizanguchi Station on the Eizan Railway.
Mt. Hiei and terraced rice fields from Yase.
Always had Japanese foods since came to Kyoto, so today Made cream stew with smoked salmon.
Paired it with a white Bordeaux, Cateaux de Seguin 2016. Guessed it was Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. A beautiful wine with yellowish color. With hints of kumquats, lemon and grapefruit, perfect for early summer. Now, where should visit tomorrow.
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