The Red Leaves of Japan ~ Gifts From Princess Tatsuta ~ and the Woe of No Caffeine

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In Japanese mythology, Princess Tatsuta (Tatsutahime 竜田姫) is the goddess of autumn. She lives in the mountains west of Nara, on Mount Tatsuta (Tatsutayama, 竜田山)。The mountain is famous for the rich red maple leaves in autumn.

She is goddess of weaving and dyeing. In Autumn she dyes the leaves the beautiful Autumn colors, then she becomes a strong wind and scatters them.

A poem by Prince Kanemi, number 298 from the Kokinshū:

竜田姫たむくる神のあればこそ
秋の木の葉のぬさと散るらめ

Tatsutahime
must have offerings to make
to gods on her way:
so the autumn leaves
scatter like fragments of cloth

As expected, yesterday was a repeat of the past few. You can read about my no-caffeine odyssey so far here and here. It was better and worse. Better because I didn't have a headache. Score! But worse because my energy level completely crashed around noon and stayed there for the remainder of the day. I fell asleep while eating at lunch, then again at various times throughout the afternoon. I finally gave up and went to sleep early, shortly after putting my youngest to bed.

Today I am feeling good so far, as expected. What will today bring, I wonder...

Anyway, I haven't been able to edit the promised Korankei photos. Low energy and lack of focus has not allowed much. I will get to those when I can.

So I thought I'd run some older photos again, showing what the season looks like. These autumn leaves in Japan are such a treat. We really must thank Tatsutahime for all the beauty she gives us at this time of year.




Hi there! David LaSpina is an American photographer and translator lost in Japan, trying to capture the beauty of this country one photo at a time and searching for the perfect haiku.

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    Just reading that you have cut down or quit caffeine gave me a headache and those headaches are terrible really terrible, now the pictures of the trees in autumn are a real beauty.

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    Glad you enjoyed 😃

    (and yeah... the withdrawal headaches are rough....)

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    Las fotos están hermosas, el otoño es una estación de lindos colores 💖 saludos

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    I love Japan so much but I only visited it once many years ago. I hope to visit Japan again The red maple leaves in autumn are very beautiful.

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    Woowww, las fotografías quedaron hermosas. Amo la manera en la que las hojas toman ese color rojizo.

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