Chogaku-ji Temple stands along Yamanobe-no-michi, the oldest highway in Japan.
It was founded around 824 by Kukai, the founder of the Mount Koya Shingon sect of Buddhism.
Azaleas started blooming much earlier than usual.The gravel approach with Azalea hedges on both sides leads visitors to
the oldest bell tower gate in Japan.
It is the only one structure which have survived since the founding of this temple.
A stone Jizo, a guardian of children, stands in bright and clear green.
He tries to save children at any cost.
Shades of pink are harmonious with fresh verdure as you look around.
There are many moss-covered stone Buddhist statues in the precinct.
The statue at the upper center dates back to 1322.
Beginning of May is the season of Kakitsubata Iris.
Once I featured the irises in Memories of Grandmother and kakitsubata iris.
Peering through white Japanese snowball
The pond is shimmering with iris reflections.
The long straw festoon in the bottom-center photo, which is hung on the large trees
on right and left side, is the thing of Shintoism.
Right after the entry of Buddhism, Shinto rites were incorporated into Buddhism.
Chogaku-ji shows the characteristics of it.
May has been very warm like summer or cold that we need a jacket
and anything between the two.
What has been constant is the refreshingly powerful nature in its growth.
Linked to Mosaic Monday