|I do have legs, I was just seating in seiza :)|
I got up at 7am because I planned to take the train at 9 but I realized that my camera's battery was too low. If I just wanted to take pictures it would be alright but I also wanted to shoot a video (will it be usable ? Answer in a few days).
At the time I got to the station, I was right on time to take the special train called Tabito (旅人). This is a special train, whichs tarted circulating since a few months ago and which is completely decorated in the colors of Dazaifu : imagine a all pink train with drawings of famous places of the city and inside the cars was richly decorated with traditional Japanese patterns. On the Nishitetsu company website (English), you can find more informations about Tabito and also a timetable an a Dazaifu mini-guidebook.
I arrived at around 10am and there were not many people yet. I started by going to Komyozen-ji temple (光明禅寺). Outside, a few things have changed: some areas were closed by barriers, including the heights from which we had a nice view of the city's rooftops. What a pity.
After I paid the 200 yen entrance fee, I stepped in the temple to admire its beautiful garden. Most maple leaves were already on the ground but no matter, it was still beautiful and very relaxing. There were indeed no people except me ! What bliss to enjoy this peaceful garden alone.
The second place I wanted to go was Dazaifu Tenmangu (太宰府天満宮), a gigantic shrine that is the main attraction of the city. To get there, I went through Ukidono (浮殿), which was a sanctuary few century ago. Today it remains a building and small lakes with small streets around : it looks almost like a church parvis. Maples there were superb. The sunlight make the leaves color looking like a rainbow, it was close tothe perfection seen last year in Nomiyama.
Tenmangu was very crowded as usual. Between junior hight school groups of students, high school students, Chinese bus tours or lambda visitors, it was
I spotted a nice fortune photo idea on Instagram but as we were in the morning, bad fortunes weren't many enough to . Instead, I went to take a look at the amulets but nothing caught my eyes. Dazaifu is famous from its success in study god so I left, leaving the students and their family to have a chance to buy some.
I went to see the carps : they splashed around with their tail, surely happy to receive the bread that small children were trowing into the water.
|What it that ?|
On the way down , my camera battery started to show signs of weakness and I gave up going to the Kamado shrine, a bit far but where the maple leaveswould be the best.
Instead, as I was hungry, I went to the main shopping street and I bought a umegae mochi (梅ヶ枝餅), a specialty of the city. It is a grilled mochi (glutinous rice paste) stuffed with sweet red bean paste. It's hot, tasty, nutricious and not expensive at all : 120 yens for one piece. As Dazaifu is a tourist place, it is ok to eat while walking. As the main street started to be really crowded, I went back to the station walking by samll streets.
|Umegae mochi is rounded shape but I at half of it before thinking of taking a picture.|
The next good period to go will be in February with the plum floweres will in bloom To get a glimpse of it, please click on lthe link below (this article has to be translated so please use an online translator to read it).