The temple’s name “Konzouji”, means, “Golden Storehouse Temple”. This temple is modeled after the Green Dragon Temple in China and was founded in the year 714.
Within the temple grounds is the residence of General Nogi. The tree that you see below is called the “Tsuma-gaeshi no matsu”, which means, “the pine tree under which waits the wife of the general”. The pine is also called the “Waiting Pine” as it has a play on words with the word “matsu”, which means both “pine” and “to wait”.
What is nice sometimes to see, and this does not happen often, is that there can be a language bridge between Japanese and English. Japanese, along with Arabic, is reported to be one of the most confounding, troubling, impossible-to-learn, head-poundingly frustrating, scream-worthy languages to learn. (Yet here I am still feebly thrashing about after so many years.) But here at this temple we can see the “waiting pine” and also in our own language of English remember that “to pine” for someone is also an important verb.
Who do you pine for? Who is pining for you while you walk these miles? There is something sad, and romantic, and beautiful about pining for someone. Who are you missing today? It is a good time to remember them.
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. – Ray Bradbury