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Lights in the Forest

On a Nara summer afternoon walking the paths of 春日大社 (Kasuga Taisha) brings one relief  from the heat and sunlight.

As a boy I enjoyed reading my mother’s ikebana books while she created simple, elegant arrangements. It was difficult to imagine that something so beautiful could arise from the newspapers and greenery covering the kitchen table. One book had a chapter on placing 燈籠 (stone lanterns) in a garden and I constantly asked for a lantern.

The paths and grounds of Kasuga Taisha are lined with hundreds of lanterns; the work of masons over centuries. Seeing them with lights flickering inside is an experience beyond words.


Written by Adam Love

2011/08/01 at 01:55

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  1. Adam,
    its turned to fall now. I may be looking more like my mother, but I am sure you are not looking more like these lanterns.—

    “The autumn lanterns!
    How alluring Nara’s
    street-sales fair.”

    Aki no hi ya yukashiki Nara no dogu ichi

    Buson (translated by Yuki and Edith Marcombe Shiffert)

    Steve Naegele

    2011/10/21 at 00:05

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