24 Seasons at Komyo-in Temple (Work in progress)

 

Shigemori Mirei was fond of the idea that rocks—the oldest things we can find on earth—are where we can find gods. The rocks he placed in the Hasshin-no-niwa (aka. The Garden of the Wave of the Heart) at Komyo-in Temple were therefore meant to represent the Buddhas and the gods.

It is for this reason that Komyo-in Temple is part of the Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour. Fushimi Inari is home to thousands of rocks inscribed with the names of gods, and by visiting both sites together we get a sense of how Buddhism and Shintoism continue to exist alongside each other.

I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been able to visit Komyo-in Temple so often over the last two years. This is a work in progress because I don’t have photographs of it in every one of the 24 seasons yet, but I shall one day. In the meantime, enjoy.

 
 

Risshun 立春

First Spring
February 4 - 18

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Usui 雨水

Rain water
February 19 - March 4

 

Keichitsu 啓蟄

Awakening of Insects
March 5 - 19

 

Shunbun 春分

Spring Equinox
March 20 - April 3

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Seimei 清明

Clear and Bright
April 8 - 19

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Kokuu 穀雨

Grain Rain
April 20 - May 4

 

Rikka 立夏

First Summer
May 5 - 19

 

Shoman 小満

Grain Full
May 20 - June 4

 

Boushu 芒種

Grain in the Ear
June 5 - 20

 

Geshi 夏至

Summer Solstice
June 21 - July 6

 

Shosho 小暑

Minor Heat
July 7 - 21

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Taisho 大暑

Major Heat
July 22 - August 6

 

Risshu 立秋

First Autumn
August 7 - 22

 

Shosho 処暑

Limit of Heat
August 23 - September 6

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Hakuro 白露

White Dew
September 7 - 21

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Shubun 秋分

Autumn Equinox
September 22 - October 7

 

Kanro 寒露

Cold Dew
October 8 - 22

 

Soukou 霜降

Frost Descent
October 22 - November 7

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Rittou 立冬

First Winter
November 8 - 22

 

Shosetsu 小雪

Minor Snow
November 23 - December 6

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Taisetsu 大雪

Major Snow
December 7 - 21

 

Touji 冬至

Winter Solstice
December 22 - January 5

 

Shokan 小寒

Minor Cold
January 6 - 20

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Daikan 大寒

Major cold
January 21 - February 3

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