Osmanthus/Mokusei-Lafcadio Hern

Osmanthus fragrans var. thunbergii

The air was pure and refreshing, as it often is in autumn, with that feeling of exhilaration and buoyancy ; the rays of the sun shone on the figure oi the lady; and she looked like a pure white flower set in a vase which enhanced her beauty.
The ground is everywhere hidden by a fine thick moss of so warm a color, that the brightest foliage of the varied shrubbery above it looks sombre by contrast; and the bases of walls, the pedestals of monuments, the stonework of the bell-tower, the masonry of the ancient well, are muffled with the same luminous growth. Maples and pines and cryptomerias screen the facade of the temple; and, if your visit be in autumn, you may find the whole court filled with the sweet heavy perfume of the mokusei blossom. After having looked at the strange temple, you would find it worth while to enter the cemetery, by the black gate on the west side of the court.
Exotics and retrospectives
By Lafcadio Hearn