NO NARCISSUS AT THE NARCISSUS TEMPLE

 

 

 

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Walking through the woods yesterday and seeing some wild narcissus, I thought we should go and visit Zuisenji (literally ‘Narcissus Temple’), a famous Buddhist place of worship and contemplation originating in the fourteenth century set in the hillside that for some reason I have never been to, with its swathes of fragrant narcissi laid out in the grounds.

 

 

 

When we got there, however, it turned out, disappointingly, that we had missed them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The place itself though was anything but a disappointment, as you can see.

 

 

 

 

Beautifully situated in a sun-filled corner of Kamakura it was exquisitely tranquil and pretty, with magnolia in bloom and the first flowering cherry trees of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was quite a long walk there from our house, though, and we were quite exhausted. After a tempura lunch in a restaurant in the century of the city we caught possibly my favourite temple, the relatively ramshackle and nondescript Todaiji, tucked down a side road but a place where I always feel strangely emotional and at home. The garden is more unkempt, it is certainly less ‘magnificent’ and dramatic, but to catch it at dusk, just fifteen minutes before it closed, with its cherry trees and tilting sunlight, was really intimate and  beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

There was also narcissus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 responses to “NO NARCISSUS AT THE NARCISSUS TEMPLE

  1. This sounds like an absolutely glorious day and the photos are breathtaking also.
    I love Buddhist temples, adore them. When I was in Hong Kong I went round to so many, including the huge Po Lin Monastary. My favorite one was also a rather small one on a little side street.
    I love when you do these posts about your daily life in Japan, I find it just as (if not more) interesting than the fragrance posts.
    I am happy you were able to see beautiful narcissus at the small temple, yet ironic they were not at the Zuisenji.
    So thrilled you are all together and having a lovely time.

  2. Gorgeous Neil, thank you. What are the bamboo windmill-y things – some kind of offering or good-luck-bringer like cranes or shide? (Never knew the word “shide” before – just looked it up!)

    • Hurrah G is back.

      I have no idea what they are, actually (you know me). And ‘shide’ is a ridiculous word.

      Both temples WERE gorgeous, though, I have to say. Sometimes Japanese beauty is unsurpassable.

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