May 21, 2017

Shaga (Iris japonica) flowers: Cyojyu-ji



A flower chases the sun to shine beautifully for its best fertility.

In the bright warm sun, I sense that every green plant is swaying lightly in an absolute ecstasy of joy.

As a treasured embodiment of spring, the exquisite flowers of Shaga are reigning over the gardens of Kita-kamakura with their silvery whiteness.

Soon they disappear in one breath, and then the highest moment of spring will come here.

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Haku-un-boku (Styrax obassia) flowers: Jochi-ji


Fallen flowers: Jochi-ji


Spring garden: Kaizo-ji


Spring bamboo grove: Jochi-ji


Peony flowers: Kencho-ji


Fern: Jochi-ji


Peony flower: Kencho-ji


The gate to the spring garden: Kaizo-ji


Kodemari (Spiraea cantoniensis) flowers: Kaizo-ji


The garden of fresh green: Tokei-ji


April 26, 2017

Kaido (Malus halliana) blossoms: Genji-yama (Kita-kamakura)



Against the deep green shade of the grove, the full-blown blossoms of Kaido are shining brilliantly in the warm spring sunlight.

After reviving from long winter quietness, trees and plants have just done everything in their power to bear splendid flowers and fresh green leaves.

In this rapture of spring, every living thing is busily making its appearance to restart its precious story of life.


Spring grove: Kencho-ji



As spring awakens, leaf buds of various colors start coming out on bare branches to add elegant charms to a calm grove. 


Kaido (Malus halliana) blossoms: Genji-yama (Kita-kamakura)


Haru-botan (spring peony) flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu (Kamakura)


Hana-daikon (Hesperis matronalis) flowers: Genji-yama (Kita-kamakura)


Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji


Maple flowers: Engaku-ji


Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji


Tsubaki (camellia) flowers: Engaku-ji


Cherry blossoms: Engaku-ji


Maple tree: Engaku-ji


March 30, 2017

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



In the peaceful garden of Engaku-ji temple, in every March, this large tree of Haku-mokuren (white magnolia) bears countless white flowers high up in the air to glorify the arrival of spring.

On the still leafless branches, right beside these flowers, innumerable leaf-buds are coming out one after another to prepare the seasons of vigorous growth.

Every flower blooms to sing a soundless song, which secretly tells us the heartfelt spring joy of a silent tree or plant. 

Ume blossoms: Engaku-ji


Mitsumata flowers: Engaku-ji


Ume grove: Yugawara


Tosa-mizuki flowers: Engaku-ji


Kibusi flowers: Engaku-ji


Kawazu-zakura blossoms: Jochi-ji


White ume blossoms: Jochi-ji


Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji


White and red ume blossoms: Tokei-ji


February 20, 2017

Japanese white-eye bird and ume (Japanese apricot) blossoms: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu (Kamakura)



Early in February, before any flower, the noble blossoms of ume start blooming to foretell the arrival of spring.

The pleasant fragrance of spring begins to drift softly in the chilly scentless air of late winter.

Birds wait eagerly for this early flowering season to enjoy the nectar of life ecstatically.


White ume blossoms: Engaku-ji


February 19, 2017

Carps in a soft rain: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu (Kamakura)



Spring is gradually approaching.

Carps feel a subtle rise in temperature acutely and come up to the surface.

A thin sprinkle of rain is gently falling to create countless round ripples on the smooth water of the pond.


Red ume blossoms: Engaku-ji


Fukujyu-so (Adonis amurensis) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Red ume blossoms: Kaizo-ji


Stump: Kencho-ji


White clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)


Red Ume blossoms: Engaku-ji


White Ume blossoms: Engaku-ji


February 4, 2017

Shadows on the frozen pond: Engaku-ji



In the morning chill, the trees cast their intertwined shadows on the thin ice which covers the quiet surface of the pond.

The steel-blue sunlight of winter shines through the branches and reveals the essence of this cold season on the frozen water.


Decaying leaves: Engaku-ji



On the chilly ground, the magenta fallen leaves are decaying gradually into dust.

In a little while when spring arrives, this whole area becomes a sea of fresh green plants.

A moss-covered stone stands still here in the swift passage of time.


Ripples on the pond: Engaku-ji



The gentle winter breeze silently rippled the surface of the pond to cast a momentary pattern of reflection on it.


Wintry trees: Engaku-ji



Under the gray winter sky, a web of twigs is at deep rest.

Soon tree buds will come out unnoticeably to prepare for the coming of spring.


Small waves: Kaizo-ji



The sapphire blue of the cold sky is mirrored on the ceaselessly undulating surface of the small pond.


A black kite wheels in the air: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)



The winter sun gleams above the drifting white clouds.

A black kite is slowly wheeling high in the pale blue sky.


A view of Mt.Fuji from Chojyagasaki cape (Hayama)



Thanks to the transparent cold air, the magnificent form of Mt. Fuji clearly appeared above the calm winter sea.