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Japan Photo Journal: Kyoto temple garden ablaze with color during fall light-up event

(Mainichi/Kenji Yagura)

Autumn foliage is seen lit up in all its fiery glory during a seasonal event at Rokuo-in temple in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward in this recent photo. The traditional rock garden is also home to bamboo forests, stone arrangements in the Muromachi period style, and a Japanese Ternstroemia tree said to be some 400 years old, all illuminated by about 250 LED lamps. The temple itself was ordered built as a prayer for extended life by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who headed the Muromachi shogunate from 1368 to 1394. The event, put on with the participation of Keifuku Electric Railroad Co., is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will run until Dec. 6, 2020. The admission fee of 2,000 yen (about $19) includes a cup of matcha green tea, Japanese sweets and a commemorative seal. Admittance is limited to 100 people per day on weekdays, and 150 people per day on weekends and holidays. Reservations can be made through Keifuku Electric Railroad's Japanese website at Telephone inquiries can be made at 075-277-2877 (in Japanese).

    (Japanese original by Kenji Yagura, Kyoto Bureau)

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