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Hannya-ji: the Cosmos Temple

Hannya-ji: the Cosmos Temple

This might surprise many of you but I’ve been living in Nara without spending all day in the abandoned park of Nara Dreamland ? The town itself is very pretty with plenty of hidden corners to visit that I’ll try to help you discover. One of my autumn favourites is Hannya-ji Temple.

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Hannya-ji Temple

Not a deer to be seen, but rather a flurry of Japanese photographers! Why? Because it’s so very beautiful! The temple, totally immersed in cosmos flowers, is also known as the Cosmos Temple.

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Hannya-ji Temple

Hannya-ji Temple, built in AD 629 during the Asuka period (Asuka is a few kilometres from Nara), has the highest stone pagoda in Japan. Doesn’t that appeal to you? As for me, I’m overjoyed by the vivacity the flowers add to this splendid temple.

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Hannya-ji Temple

 

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Hannya-ji Temple

 

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Hannya-ji Temple

How many flowers do you suppose there are around here?

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Hannya-ji Temple

Think about it …

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Hannya-ji Temple

I’ll tell you …

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Hannya-ji Temple

There are 100,000 cosmos flowers!

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Hannya-ji Temple

 

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Hannya-ji Temple

 

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Hannya-ji Temple

 

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Hannya-ji Temple

My favourite sight in Hannya-ji is simply this view of the pagoda with its lotuses and the benevolent moon hanging low in the sky behind.

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Hannya-ji Temple

I’ve spent hours here and have no regrets; what’s more my visit is rewarded by this soothing sunset. As if in a dream…

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Hannya-ji Temple

All that’s left for me to do now is go down to the restaurant for a tasty venison steak. All this peace and quiet has given me an appetite ?

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I am Jordy Meow, I am a French photographer living in Japan. My interest is to discover and share information about offbeat and lesser known locations for foreigners coming or living in Japan. I published books and now preparing new beautiful series of guidebooks.

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