May 30, 2012
The numerous new leaves of lotus are rising to the calm water surface of the pond to prepare for its blooming season.
In the transparent morning sunlight, the water drops which the night rain left behind are shining clearly like precious amulet gems for these newborn leaves.
Soon summer must arrive here to let lotus bloom gloriously.
The new leaves of hair-cap moss (Polytrichum juniperinum) , which densely cover this small garden, are growing vigorously and adorning this garden brightly with their fresh green.
The weathered rock encircled by the young leaves is basking in the vibrant sun of May joyfully.
A small stone image of Shokannon in the thicket was softly illuminated by a ray of sunshine coming down through the branches of trees.
Shokannon is one of the six Kannons (the Buddhist deities of mercy) and, as a manifestation of the infinite wisdom of Buddha, rescues all living things from Hell.
In the left hand of this Kannon, a lotus flower which is beginning to open is held as the symbol of his supreme wisdom.
May 18, 2012
Every flower speaks to us silently of the beauty of the universe where we live.
After the morning rain, this flower of water lily was decorated exquisitely with shining raindrops.
The floating flower of water lily opens in the morning and closes in the early evening for three days or so until its short life comes to end.
The name "Suiren" means "sleeping lotus" because its flower seems to wake up in the morning and fall asleep in the evening.
The fresh green leaves of an aged maple tree are sparkling delightedly in the crisp sunlight of May.
The greenness of the leaves is deepening with each passing day and will turn red and yellow at last before their falling in autumn.
This tree is standing still in this quiet grove like an old sage who knows the hidden truth of the changes of the seasons.
The magnificent flowers of Haru-botan (spring peony) were blooming in the garden of the old Zen temple to triumphantly declare the true height of spring.
After the ending of these majestic flowers of spring, the gray rainy season approaches moment by moment.
These small white flowers, which also let us know the peak of spring, are blooming discreetly and emitting faint aroma in every thicket here in Kita-kamakura.
In the clear morning light coming into the dense thicket, they seem to modestly express their heartfelt joy of flowering.
The thin silky petals of Botan overlap each other and show exquisite shades of colors.
The flower of Botan blooms magnificently as if to be aware of its designation as the king of all flowers.
The quiet spring garden of this temple were decorated with the cascades of small flower balls of Kodemari.
Kodemari means a "small handball" because its white flowers (about 1 cm in diameter) gather together to form the cascades of handball-like flower clusters.
This flower is one of the typical spring flowers which are arranged in the tokonoma (alcove) for a traditional tea ceremony.
May 7, 2012
The sprays of brilliant blossoms of an aged Shidare-zakura (weeping cherry) tree, which were drooping down to this side of the old weathered wall, adorned exquisitely this famed Kare-sansui garden (dry landscape garden).
In the open sea expressed by the glittering white pebbles, the mossed stone island was shaded by the pink cloud-like blossoms in the bright sunlight of April.
The elegant harmony between the eternal beauty of this dry landscape and the transient grace of these spring blossoms presented a true moment of wonder to me.
In the sun which had just begun to decline, the blossoms of Yama-zakura were creating an exquisite mosaic in the quiet woody hillside of Arashi-yama.
The countless pink blossoms of the Shidare-zakura were shining brilliantly against the sunlight of that spring afternoon as if to quietly burn themselves out.
The buildings of the old Zen temple are standing quietly in the spring grove beautifully colored by various flowers and leaves.