November 22: Visiting autumn in Kunisaki peninsula. By Mie

One of my closest Internet friend Mrs. Miyase called me this morning saying, "TV says to day will be the last day for viewing the autumn color. Shall we go to Kunisaki peninsula to see it?" I was delighted and soon prepared for the drive out with the Miyases.
At first we dropped to take lunches at a tasty curry restaurant in Hiji town which is located at the foot of the peninsula. The
restaurant was filled with incense of Tibet. Lotus flowers are arranged here and there in the hall. On the wall is a copy of Mandala.
The name of the restaurant is Jhochhen.
Masara (top), eggplant Masaras (right and left), and garlic Masara (bottom.) In the center is a dish of Tibetan bread (a kind of fried Nan) which is popular in northern India, Nepal, and Tibet. I took a garlic Masara dish and surprised to find a whole garlic bulb in the center. The dish, however, was very spicy and tasty.
The menu offers many kinds of curry dishes. We took three kinds of them. A chicken Then, we drove east an access road to Oita air port and headed to Futago temple, a famous architecture established in 718 AD by Ninbun Bodhisattva. The temple enshrines Shinto gods and Buddhist saints. The sky is blue; the autumn color was in its final stage. Many tourists enjoyed the scenic view around the mountain.

Small leaves of maple trees create a beautiful tapestry in yellow and red on the background of the clear blue sky. How beautiful art nature can offer for us!
The beauty of the nature made me take a video film. Many people also take pictures here and there.
We prayed for our health and peaceful life. People pray for many wishes such as avoiding disaster, easing fretful, safety drive, and easy delivery.

This is one of the oldest guardians (Niou) in Kunisaki peninsula along the steep stone stairs to the inner sanctuary. In the distance, the mountain folds create a beautiful valley.
The inner sanctuary also enshrines Shinto gods and Buddhist saints. We tossed coins and prayed by making a tinkle.

We went down from the inner sanctuary to the statue of the two Deva Kings which were built in 1814 AD The statue is very muscular and in a good balance. Many people touch the feet of the Guardian hoping to get a strong walking.

We hurried back to Oita through the winding road in the evening twilight. On our way back, we dropped at a scenic point of autumn color called Tashibu. Strange shaped rock towers are extruding into the sky shrouding beautiful yellow and red cloths of maple trees. I am so happy that I could enjoy autumn color in two places, my birthplace Tatsuno, and Kunisaki peninsula today.

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