Travel Japan #3: A Peaceful Mind and Time at Higashi Honganji Temple in Kyoto

08.February.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

I began my walk through the streets of Kyoto which since long ago have been at the height of prosperity in Japanese history. I understand the marvel and easing of the heart from strolling around the numerous majestic temples.

 

The fallen maidenhair tree leaves which had changed colour beautifully were spread across the ground like a carpet leading up to a sacred place. Each step felt precious and cleared my mind.

And there I stood before it, overwhelmed at its magnificence.

This is Higashi Honganji Temple. Inside is a portrait of Shinran, a Japanese Buddhist monk and founder of the Jōdo Shinshū sect of Buddhism. The temple grounds are home to historical architecture, every piece of which stirred my soul as somebody who does not know Japan.

Despite it being my first time here I felt like I had returned once more. I wonder why?

I gave a respectful bow to this temple and its long history while feeling the breath of the people who once lived here.

My heart feels at peace when placing my hands together.

 

The act of praying may be one that has you facing yourself.

I drank my genmaicha tea and hydrated myself from the dry air while strolling through the temple grounds.

 

Kyoto is a mysterious place. It has a tolerance to accept anything. It was like the old buildings were talking to me―like they knew me from long ago.

In response and in a trance, I snapped a photo with my camera.

 

I wanted to burn the beauty of this temple into my memory so I will never forget it.

I was captivated by the sight of the falling leaves. I stood under the maidenhair and gazed as they fluttered. I wonder if somebody else from another time stood here and felt the same as I did as they looked on at Kyoto in fall.

The just-right bitterness and gentle sweetness of my almond chocolate stirs my imagination. The yellow leaves of the maidenhair dyed the path a golden road.

 

The grand temple and the maidenhair tree. My existence at this moment piles on top of Kyoto’s unimaginably long history as a single instant.

 

 

Model / Mala Morgan

 

 

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A box of ÆON’s private brand TOPVALU 70% almond dark chocolate is always hidden in my bag. The flavour is moderately sweet and has just the right amount of bitterness perfect for those times when I’m lost in thought. I feel that every time I taste the almond in this chocolate now I will remember the carpet of maidenhair leaves.

 

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This tea is made from 100% organic tea leaves grown in Kagoshima Prefecture. It is a refreshing blend of green tea and flavoursome rice. The healthy ingredients in this tea are good for the body and when they hit every nook and cranny inside me make me want to take a walk anywhere in Kyoto.

 

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