The Nara-Yamato Road in Summer
Now is the Season (1/5)
1: The Kasuga Shrine (World Heritage Site)
Photographed on August 1st, 2003
From Nara Park, we follow a long approachway, through a single torii gate, onto a path continuously lined with densely growing trees and dedicatory stone lanterns. Sometimes, deer may even appear (Natural Monuments).
The Kasuga Shrine was founded as the Fujiwara family shrine in 710 AD.
Some 1300 years later, after so many different periods of history, we too can set eyes on this place. We walk slowly along the approachway, with trees growing all around us. We walk slowly along the path, trod by so many in ancient times, towards the Honden (Main Shrine). We eventually pass under the Nanmon South Gate, vividly colored with vermilion. Then we catch sight of the vermilion-colored Honden, and about 1,000 hanging lanterns.
Going back along the approachway, which is lined with about 200 stone lanterns, we are reminded of the season when fires are lit. We pay a visit to the shrine garden, where we see different plants for different seasons, as remembered in the ancient Manyoshu poems. Now, it’s the season of the Chinese bellflower, Platycodon grandiflorum.