Vol.6 Rikka (立夏)

Rikka (立夏) May.5 ~May.20 (in 2020)

The word of Rikka means that early summer is coming. The Kanji “立” means “to stand”,  and “夏” means “ summer”, that is “summer is beginning”. Around this term, a lot of green leaves are growing more and more. Here I’m gonna tell you about one of beautiful spots with lots of green leaves in Kyoto, Sanzen-in-temple. This is one of my favorite places in Kyoto, I use the photos taken in 2019 here.

Ohara area in Kyoto city, Sanzen-in-temple is here

Ohara is located in the northern part of Kyoto city. Ohara is the place full of nature all year round and I feel there is deep quietness and peace for me. Sanzen-in-temple is in Ohara area surrounded with woods. There are lots of green trees. When I went there, I saw some swallows flying by me so fast and heard other kinds’ birdsongs.

Sanzen-in-temple and its Japanese garden

Once you go into Sanzen-in-temple, you will find that there are something special here. I think they are the calmness, the silence, and the peace, the history. Feeling time stands still, you can walk around the Japanese style garden where moss grows. Here is far from the center of Kyoto city, it is so quiet even when you are with other tourists. Just remembering this place, I really want to visit again, I miss the calmness! When I visited here in 2019, I felt like being healed so much, being embraced by peaceful time. If you are a little tired of daily work or something, you should come here!   

Japanese tea and sweets in Sanzen-in-temple

I think you must try to have tea time in Sanzen-in-temple. You can enjoy them in front of beautiful garden inside the temple. When I went there, it was cloudy day, but it was so beautiful time. I enjoyed fresh green leaves in the garden. In fall they turn into vivid red color what we call  "red leaves". I guess they are sooooo beautiful, but I like these green leaves much better. How about you? Anyway, you must try to sit here, and enjoy the greatness of this space of nature and the tea time. Yes, this is my Rikka!