Japan is in the middle of the rainy season "tsuyu /the apricot rains". I like this cooler season before the intense heat of summer. The beauty of "ajisai", hydrangeas, is even more impressive under the leaden skies on rainy days.
In Kansai area, Mimuroto-ji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple in Kyoto and Yata-dera Temple and Gansen-ji Temple in Nara are the temples I know as popular sites for hydrangea viewing. Today’s stage for numerous hydrangeas is lesser known Yoshimine-dera Temple.
The temple ground is on the steep slopes of the mountain, which is profuse with blooms of hydrangeas in early summer.
The recent rain has not only encouraged hydrangeas but also turned momiji leaves into emerald green. Moss has turned into deeper green, too.
|Belfry, donated by Keisohin, completed in 1685|
The changing colors of ajisai reminds me of "ojizo-sama" by association who tries to save mankind by all means, changing his figures.
My favorite is old fashioned, simple, big blue balls.
Mt. Nishi-yama is located opposite to Mt. Higashi-yama which is on the well-beaten track with many popular temples like Kiyomizu-dera, Nanzen-ji, Ginkaku-ji, and so on. Few foreign tourists visit Mt. NIshi probably because it is located out of the popular sightseeing routes.
Blurred view of southern Kyoto city from the temple