金色の ちひさき鳥の かたちして 銀杏ちるなり 夕日の丘に
In the shape of golden small birds
Leaves fall from Gingko tree
On the hill. against the evening sun
- Akiko YOSANO (1878-1942) -
A flock of golden birds
Did the scene of the Tanka poem by Yosano unfold before your eyes?
I wanted to capture the tiny fan-shaped leaves flattering like golden birds,
but unfortunately it wasn't time for them to fly around.
"Irregularly notched leaves, often deeply grooved in the middle of the leaf.
Because of the two distinct lobes, the name is Ginkgo biloba (two lobes)."
Ginkgo biloba is a living fossil, the only tree species which have survived nearly 270 million years.
At the time of dinosaurs, there were many species of Ginkgo but almost all of them are extinct.
I walked along the streets lined up with Ginkgo trees in Tenri City, south to Nara City.
A brook runs along the one side of the road.
Looking down the brook, I saw fallen leaves on the green plants.
To my pleasure, different colors of my favorite Chinese Tallow leaves popped out.
They were shimmering in the water mirror.
Fallen leaves were drifting ashore.
With the sudden burst of light, the reflections got clearer.
When I turned my eyes back to the Ginkgo trees, they were glowing luminous gold.
This avenue from Tenri City Hall to Tenri University is a lesser-known spot
for enjoying Ginkgo leaves.
The yellow canopy would have disappeared by now with some drifting leaves left on the road.
Most of the fallen leaves are raked for safety and claeanliness by student volunteers and Tenri-kyo followers.
Tenri City is a unique modern city founded in 1954, named after Japan's new religion Tenri-kyo
(Teaching of Divine Reason), with its headquarters in the city.
The history and cultural significance of Ginkgo by a Botanist Peter Crane; here.
Yesterday, we visited a shrine for a ritual of Y's Shichi-Go-San for her seventh year.
Amid the worsening COVID-19 situation, we were so fortunate to have been able to make it,
even without eating celebratory dinner together.
Linked to Mosaic Monday