Tanzan Shrine

The view of the Yamato Valley became more and more expansive as the road climbed higher up Tonomine Mountain. Rice paddies climbed the increasingly steep slope in a green and brown staircase growing in grandeur with every tier. The road reached the peak of the mountain and a small driveway veered off to the left and disappeared over a slope that appeared to tumble into a column of autumnal fire. A canopy of orange and yellow sakura tree leaves made a spectacular roof for my destination’s dirt parking lot. The view of red shrine buildings and their tiled rooves rising above of a boil of orange, red and yellow trees ignited my awe again and commanded a liberal use of my camera.


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