July 2, 2017

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Like the transient twinkles of dewdrops in the clear morning sun, flowers bloom fleetingly and soon fall without any attachment.

The true nature of a flower, which always impresses me profoundly, consists of this transience.

A flower vanishes like a bubble on the water, which makes me notice the meaning of existence and the preciousness of non-attachment.

Every living thing is destined to occur and pass like the momentary haze of heated air.

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Engaku-ji

The exquisite colors of Ajisai flowers are generated and changed by the subtle chemistry between the abundant water of rain and the violet pigments of these flowers.

In our Buddhist culture, every flower implies the merciful words of Buddha which save the suffering soul of every living thing.

The rainy season ends soon and the long blistering summer arrives here to brighten up our world vividly.

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Japanese hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) : Engaku-ji

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Tokei-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla): Jochi-ji

June 16, 2017

Waterlily flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

In the mild sunlight of early afternoon, the dainty flowers of waterlily have already awaked from their sleep and are in bloom gently on the quiet surface of the pond.

Until its short life ends, a waterlily flower opens in the bright morning sun and closes in the dim light of late afternoon.

Like a beautiful illusion of life, every flower blooms dedicatedly and too soon vanishes away secretly before our eyes.

(In homage to Claude Monet) 

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Just before the long rainy season, the moist air of June causes the violet tiny flowers of Iwa-tabako to bloom with one accord.

Like innocent flower sprites in the shady grove, these fragile pentagram flowers appear from the shadow of the thick green leaves which cling on the moss-covered rock surfaces.

They bloom earnestly to carry out their noble mission of life and then quickly fall to the ground with no regrets.

Bamboo grove: Eisho-ji

The firm and solid vital force of Bamboo makes me sense the quiet and evergreen beauty of life.

It continues to grow single-mindedly with its unshakable resolution.

Shaku-yaku (Paeonia lactiflora) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

Rose garden: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

Bamboo grove: Eisho-ji

Kaiu (Zantedeschia) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Shaku-yaku (Paeonia lactiflora) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

Iwagarami (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Rose garden: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

Ivy leaves: Kita-kamakura

Maple tree: Tokei-ji

May 21, 2017

Shaga (Iris japonica) flowers: Cyojyu-ji

A flower chases the sun to shine radiantly 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 one of the treasured embodiments of spring, the exquisite flowers of Shaga are reigning over the gardens of Kita-kamakura with their brilliant silvery whiteness.

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

Kakitubata (Iris laevigata) flowers: Kaizo-ji

The green sword-shaped leaves and dainty violet flowers of Kakitubata are reflecting themselves in the calm pond.

In the quiet passage of spring, the precious glimpses of life are revealed to me inconspicuously in this way.

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

After a long time, this year is a very good year for the flowers of Haku-un-boku (white cloud tree).

The numberless clusters of white flowers are hanging down from the branches on which the fresh green leaves are trembling in the breeze.

These pure white flowers bloom and fall one after another like the white clouds fleeting away swiftly in the bright spring sky.

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