1/09/2005

Koya-san in Wakayama

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Koya-san  高野山 , a Buddhist Monastery

I invite you to a Ginkoo, a Haiku Walk, 吟行
to this famous place in the Kii-Penninsula. We visited there in May 1995, on the way to Okayama, praying for a good place to stay and getting our Paradise Hermitage as a reward at the end of the journey!


may rain .. .. .. samidare ya 五月雨や
the rainy season in June/July in Japan





mysterious morning -
misty colors fading in
may rain


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enchanted roof -
my mind floats
in silent circles 


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may rain -
leaves dancing
in the forest mist







spreading their wings
to catch the rain -
water lilies smiling





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talk to me -
your moving silence
makes me shiver


ripples of sand -
the stone keeps growing
eternally




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mossy graves -
a forest mingling
life and death



苔の墓 (Koke no haka) Mossy graves
森は生死を (Mori ha shouji o) Forest does not distinguish
隔てなく (Hedate naku) Life and death

tr. by Esho Shimazu
Joys of Japan, December 2011

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Koya san / my photo album


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By now you might be interested to see more of mysterious Koya-san.

and from there move on to more information about this place at my Daruma Pilgrims Pages to
Koya San in Wakayama



At the end there is my short essay about
Offerings of Light、toomyoo kuyoo 灯明供養.


If you have more time, take a look at the unique

"Graveyard of the Japanese Nation"
in the forest of Koya-san。

This collection feels almost like being there. Do not miss it!
http://inoues.net/club/okunoin.html



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Light offerings afloat (tooroo nagashi) (05)
mukaebi, okuribi (Japan)



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5 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

Dear Gabi san,

Thank you for the invitation -- I have just visited the site, and from there -- more sites, and more... :-)
The pictures of the nature and your haiku are beautiful, and the site about "Graveyard of the
Japanese Nation" is fascinating! The other sites (Daruma Pilgrims Pages) I remember seeing before. What a wonderful and inspiring journey!

My sincere thanks...

O.

Anonymous said...

in the rain
shadows and echoes
from tree to tree

A beautiful and inspiring site, Gabi!

E. W.

Pris said...

Gabi
I so enjoy coming to your blog. The walk with you through photos and haiku was very very nice.

. Gabi Greve said...

Here are some comments from friends:

A very lovely ginko walk indeed, Gabi. I enjoyed your haiku and smiled at your smiling lily pads! It was fun seeing this special place through your eyes.
C.
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just beautiful such a wonderful way to start my day...bless you.... sh.
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Dear Gabi san

Thank you for the invitation to ginko --

the red arch
of maple: each footstep makes
a sound on pebbles

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moss covers
the stone lanterns:
whispers of a passerby

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the Shinto accolate
scurries to the side entrance:
early winter drizzle


(all from memory and imagining with you the ginko)

bow

ai... chibi
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Thank you my friends! Glad you like my mysterious Japan!
Gabi

. Gabi Greve said...

Gabi, thank you for sharing this online ginko!
So many fascinating paths to explore.

I especially enjoyed the journey to Koyasan:

moss underfoot...
the forest draped around
aging tombstones

L.