When I stood beneath a tree for shade, I felt like I was enveloped with a verdure space.
I'm standing beneath the boughs
in a wispy green space,
A thread of a spider
from a bough
is too short for me to reach
I was attracted by the design of the main building, Phoenix Hall, while I'm captivated by the pond called Aji-ike(阿字池）, especially nearby the right wing of the Hall.
The pond reminds me of a tale, The spider's Thread「蜘蛛の糸」, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介）. At the beginning of the tale, Buddha was meandering around in Paradise and looked down upon the depth of a pond and found a criminal, Kandata.Buddha lowered a thread of a spider for him who did not kill a spider which he scarcely crushed. (the plot is here)
Byōdō-in is located near the wealth of water, Uji-river, the source of it is Biwa-lake.
Strolling along the river that flows with passage of time, I felt as if it ware a brief dream that I was in the tranquil atmosphere of Byōdō-in a little while ago, this world and another one were mingled there.
They were blooming in each stage of their lives.