Of course when the snow began I knew immediately where I would go first: Iwakura Jisso-in Temple (岩倉実相院). I was there one minute after they opened. I believe I have posted more photos from this little temple than from any other single place. It is a favorite of mine, beautiful at any time of the year, and only about a 15-minute walk from my apartment. Though each of the four seasons highlight different aspects of this temple, I think nothing enhances its beauty more than snow. I am sure that many of you have heard of the Japanese aesthetic principles of wabi and sabi, and one can, I think, understand and appreciate them best sitting quietly in the intense cold of an unheated temple watching the snow drift silently down.
For the next few days we will sit quietly at Jisso-in and watch the snow.