The Beautiful Village of Yoshino

The mountains surrounding Yoshino village in spring, photo by 8-hachiro, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The town of Yoshino (yoshino-chō, 吉野町), near the old capitol of Nara, was a popular spot in ancient times and was often the subject of poetry in the Hyakunin Isshu anthology, for example poem 31 and poem 94.

Last spring, the Yasaka Taxi company in Japan posted a terrific photo of Yoshino (original link on Twitter):

Yoshino is also lovely in Fall, by the way:

The mountains of Yoshino in Fall, photo by No machine-readable author provided. Outside147~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

One can imagine why the aristocracy of early Japan valued this place so highly. 😄🌸

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