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I ran to Eikan-do temple near Nanzenji temple at Higashiyama in Kyoto. Eikan-do was built in 863 by priest Honen. THis temple is covered by many red leaves’ trees, so we can enjoy its beautiful scene in fall. The other treasure of this temple is the Amitabha Buddha’s statue that has been called “Mikaeri Amida” (lit. turning-around-Amitabha Buddha). In the legend, while monk Yokan was praying of Nembutsu walk in 1082, he noticed Amitabha Buddha was also walking before him, and looked back and said to him “Yokan, you’re late.” Therefore this temple’s Buddha’s figure is looking back still now. This figure is unusual as Buddha.

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

The gate of Eikando

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Red leaves at Eikando

Eikando temple, Kyoto

The gate

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando’s wall and red leaves

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando is one of the most famous places for red leaves in Kyoto.

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Chrysanthemum at Eikando

Chrysanthemums

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Garden of Eikando

Eikando temple, Kyoto

fretwork of the gate

Eikando temple, Kyoto

stone garden

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

The bell and red leaves

The bell and red leaves

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Eikando temple, Kyoto

Taho-to pagoda, Eikando temple, Kyoto

Taho-to pagoda

Eikando temple, Kyoto

night red leaves

Hojyo pond, Eikando temple, Kyoto

Hojyo pond

Eikando temple, Kyoto