September 9, 2016

Glowing clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)

After a lightning storm passed, the deep blue sky of late summer returned above the distant horizon once again.

The silky white clouds were quietly drifting high in the air to adorn the infinite space of blue.

The dazzling summer sunlight was gently dispersed by the countless waterdrops in the clouds and added exquisite spectral colors to the pure white clouds.

White clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)

White clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)

Image of Bodhidharma: Kencho-ji

A granite image of Bodhidharma in meditation is sitting firmly in the isolated grove of midsummer.

Numerous cicadas are devotedly singing their songs of courtship as if to have noticed the approaching end of summer and themselves.

Ripples on the water: Engaku-ji

In the fierce sun breaking through clouds, like a gentle living being which is silently singing a tender song about life, the water of the pond is ceaselessly undulating to form innumerable twinkling ripples on it.

Roots: Engaku-ji

Fuyo (Hibiscus mutabilis) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ivy leaves: Kita-kamakura

Garden: Kencho-ji

August 15, 2016

Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji

In the bright light of midsummer, a bamboo grove becomes most beautiful and full of life.

The subtle composition of its rigid trunks and vivid green blades discloses the particular life force that only this brilliant season can bring to us.

The upright bamboo trunks, each of which grows almost one node per day in summer, are taking on various colors like wild flowers.

Seasons are passing swiftly like the wind while leaving their own invaluable but transient pictures on our minds.

Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji

The wood-siding wall of the Buddha hall: Kencho-ji

On the weathered wood-siding wall of the Buddha hall, a landscape of a quiet grove was drawn with the green moss and the brown rain stains.

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

In front of the Chinese-style gate, white lotus flowers are peacefully basking in the bright summer sunshine.

The trunk of an old Byakusin (Chinese juniper) tree: Kencho-ji

In the gardens of Zen temples, a Byakusin tree is an emblem of the ascetic life for spiritual awakening.

Its flouncing trunk and evergreen needle leaves symbolize the harsh discipline and the perfect enlightenment which Zen monks must pursue.

The gate fittings of the Buddha hall: Kencho-ji

With the quiet passage of time, that which comes into being must fade and decay in its own beautiful way.