April 3, 2018

Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms: Genji-yama (Kita-kamakura)

Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms: Genji-yama


In the true height of spring, with the help of a rapid rise of temperature, every living thing awakens suddenly from its long quiet sleep and this season of tireless resurgence starts with very hurried steps.

Diverse spring flowers burst into bloom in the twinkling of an eye and a variety of new leaves quickly appear in one breath. In concert with this lively transformation, birds begin twittering their love songs to chant the joy of spring.

The enchantment of this jubilant season silently arouses the lusty vital force of all living things that are interconnected with each other.


Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji

Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji


When I look at a flower, I often feel like seeing a beautiful but fragile illusion which has no physical reality. Because a flower must vanish away soon after it blooms, most likely I can never find the current flower right in front of me once again.

A flower transiently blooms just once in this world and I encounter such a flower only once in my lifetime.

Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji

Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji

Shidare-zakura (Prunus pendula Maxim.) blossoms: Tokei-ji

Shidare-zakura (Prunus pendula Maxim.) blossoms

Sidare-zakura (Prunus pendula Maxim.) blossoms: Tokei-ji

Sidare-zakura (Prunus pendula Maxim.) blossoms: Tokei-ji

Garden of spring: Tokei-ji

Garden of spring: Tokei-ji

Cherry blossoms: Kencho-ji

cherry blossoms, Kencho-ji

Cherry blossoms: Kencho-ji

cherry blossoms, Kencho-ji

Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms: Engaku-ji

Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms: Engaku-ji

Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms: Kita-kamakura

Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms: Kita-kamakura

Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji

Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji

Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji


March 24, 2018

Haku-mokuren (Magnolia denudata) flowers: Engaku-ji



In the passing of seasons, a flower selflessly blooms and fades away as it is.

While I am aware that any flower must decline and fall immediately, its vanishing before my eyes always causes my inexpressible and subtle sorrowfulness.

In the gentle warm sunshine of mid-spring, the white lotus-shaped flowers of Haku-mokuren (white-lotus-flower tree) are lively blooming with one accord high up in the air.

Just after this spectacular blooming period, all of these white flowers will decay and scatter very rapidly without any hesitation and trace.


Haku-mokuren (Magnolia denudata) flowers: Engaku-ji


Ume (Prunus mume) blossoms: Kaizo-ji

Ume (Prunus mume) blossoms: Kaizo-ji