Saturday, June 22, 2013

THE HILLTOP TEMPLE IN YAMAGATA

We went to The hilltop temple,or Yamadera, in Yamagata.

山寺、立石寺に行きました。


The hilltop temple.

山寺の全景です。


Zooming up.

アップです。


Zooming up again. We could see Godaidō building clearly.

もう一度アップすると、五大堂が見えました。


Tenkaiwa rocks.

天華岩です。


On the way to the hilltop temple,we could see various plants.

奥の院へ行く途中に見た植物です。

Cornel.

ヤマボウシです。

Beefsteak geranium.

ユキノシタです。

By macro lens.

マクロです。

Hydrangea serrata.

アマチャです。

Mountain thunbeng lily.


ヤマスカシユリです。

The main building.

根本中堂です。


Looking this area,it is said that Bashō,The Haiku founder , made a Haiku as follows.

せみ塚付近です。

In this hush profound,
Into the very rocks it seeps
The cicada sound.

translated by Dorothy Britton.

閑かさや 岩にしみ入る 蝉の声

この句がここで詠まれたと言われています。
Kaizandō building.

開山堂です。


The innermost sanctum.There were about 1100 stairs 
from the starting point of this temple.

奥の院です。ここまで、約1100段の階段を登りました。

We could see the scenery where we started.

麓の風景です。奥に見えるのは尾花沢です。






48 comments:

  1. That is an amazing temple! It must feel like one is on top of the world. Very nice photos!

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  2. i really love the macro pic! what a beautiful blossom! thanx for sharing the beauty of your country with us ♥

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  3. Danke für den informativen Besuch zu diesem interessanten Tempel!
    Wunderschöne Blumenbilder!
    Schöne Zeit,
    Luis

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  4. ユキノシタの花、知ってはいましたが、マクロでみた優美さにびっくりしました。ありがとうございました。

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    1. Dear Merry Witch.
      おはようございます。何にでも新たな発見が有りますね。

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  5. Was this where you spent your recent three day holiday? What a beautiful place! That temple looks like a natural, organic part of the mountain. I can't imagine the labor it took to build it!

    I love that haiku and I love Basho. I've had this haiku of his in my collection of quotes and poetry for years...

    Winter solitude—
    In a world of one color
    The sound of wind.


    Those flowers are so pretty (my favorite is the "Macro Lens" one - is that a lily of some sort? So delicate!) and those views are spectacular! What a wonderful post - thank you for sharing!

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    1.  Dear Laloofah.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Ifeel happy you like my photos and you like Haiku.
      The translation of this Haiku is very cool. His original was "Wintry desolation",and it was treanslated "Wintersolitude". It's very nice.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Hello Minoru, The temple is beautiful, the view is spectacular and the flowers are very beautiful. Enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs, Gunilla

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    1. Dear Gunilla.
      Hi! Thank you very much for your comment. I feel happy you like my post.

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  7. Heisann! Thank you for this wonderful trip, and I love the geranium flower .. Have a nice weekend ;:OD) for me it´s midsummer !

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    1. Dear Vilt og vakkert.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Oh my, what a beautiful place, and such pretty wildflowers!

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    1. Dear Karen.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this very beautiful Temple and its lovely flowers.

    Wishing you a happy day,
    Denise
    Today’s Flowers
    An English Girl Rambles

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      Thank you very much for your comment. Wishing you a nice weekend.

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  10. Beautiful blossoms, and gorgeous scenery!!!

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  11. so great pictures, wow
    my special...makro......

    greetings from berlin, germany

    flo

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  12. Strategically located temple with an awesome view.

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  13. Very beautiful indeed! Loved the greenery that usually is associated with Japanese temples. The views are also very beautiful from the Temple area.
    Thanks for sharing Minoru :)

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  14. こんにちは。立石寺の遠景・中景・近景のそれぞれが素晴らしいです。階段が1100段もあるのですか。若いうちじゃないと行けませんね。ユキノシタの形がなんとも言えません。花の形もそうですが、英語名の「Beefsteak geranium」というのもなんとも言えませんね。写真からすると、岩にツタがからまるように寄り添って咲くのでしょうか。この花を観察できただけでも旅行の価値がありますね。

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    1. 弘世旅空様
       こんばんは。将に山全体が寺になっていて、凝灰岩が多数露出しています。この景色がなんとも言えず良かったです。
       1100段の階段も写真を撮りながら行きましたので、さほど苦になりませんでした。
       ユキノシタは何処でも見られますが、今回は山野草が少ないので必死で探しました。Beefsteak geranium の語源も調べていますが、今の所分かりません。

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  15. Greetings from India! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of the temple and the wild flowers. Loved the Haiku.

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  16. とても険しい所に建ってるんですね。建設が大変だったんじゃないでしょうか。
    でも、耳を澄ますとせみの声が聞こえてきそうです。
    大晦日のゆく年くる年に鐘の音が登場した事がありますよね。
    Have a nice week!

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    1. Dear sarah.
      こんばんは。「奥の細道」では、尾去沢に来た芭蕉が、人に勧められて、山寺に戻った。と書いてあります。芭蕉でも江戸に居る時は、ここを知らなかったようです。
       蝉はアブラゼミかニイニイゼミかで嘗て、論争が有ったそうですが、ニイニイゼミに軍配があがりました。
       蝉の声に静けさを感じる、そのセンスが何とも言えず、素晴らしいです。「ゆく年くる年」は見ていませんので分かりません。

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  17. A temple high up in the sky!

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  18. Wherever you go, there are beautiful flowers.

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  19. Such an abundance of beauty! Thank you for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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  20. Wow, this is amazing, Minoru!
    It looks like the temple is built right into the hill(?)
    That must have been a lot of hard work.
    Wishing you a Happy Sunday!

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    1. Dear Lisa.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, it is. I think it took many days to build.
      Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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  21. Impressive area and beautiful photos, the Beefsteak geranium looks interesting.

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  22. What a gorgeous place. I love the wildflower macro - such a beautiful flower. The haiku is lovely.

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  23. 1100段の階段はやはりすごいですね!
    私もマクロのユキノシタの優美な美しさには驚きました。
    芭蕉の俳句はここで詠まれたのですね。「ニイニイゼミに軍配」というのを知って、Youtubeで鳴き声を聞きましたが耳をつんざく音ですね。でも成程アブラゼミではないように思いました。(結論を知ったから思ったのかも知れませんが^^;)

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    1. Dear cosmos.
      こんばんは。ありがとうございました。芭蕉の行った頃には、アブラゼミはもう鳴いていない事が分かったそうです。
      岩に蝉の声がしみ入るのは岩が凝灰岩で軟らかいからという説もあります。

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  24. I like to see other forms of architecture, so different from ours, even through the PC :))
    By macro lens is great. Minoru Thanks for sharing.
    A hug.

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