July 16, 2018

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Kencho-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Kencho-ji


The rainy season has taken wing at last and the summer is getting closer to its height steadily.

In the dazzling sun, by gradual dehydration, Ajisai flowers are metamorphosed into their last figures and colors before fading.

Their half-dried sepals are modestly dyed in the remaining colors of rainwater.

The ever-changing splendor of these flowers has permeated the depth of my mind and let me notice the transience of life in the swiftly flowing stream of seasons.



Early-blooming lotus flower: Kencho-ji

Lotus flower: Kencho-ji

Suiren (water lily) flowers: Engaku-ji

Suiren (water lily) flowers: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Engaku-ji

Nemunoki (Albizia julibrissin) flowers: Engaku-ji

Nemunoki (Albizia julibrissin) flowers: Engaku-ji

Blue sky in June: Yuigahama-beach

Blue sky in June: Yuigahama-beach

Himeougisuisen (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Himeougisuisen (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Kikyo (Platycodon grandiflorus) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Kikyo (Platycodon grandiflorus) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Nouzen-kazura (Campsis grandiflora) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Nouzenkazura (Campsis grandiflora) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Engaku-ji

June 20, 2018

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji


The summer rainy season has just set in.

Along the uphill road beside the modest temple, the ajisai flowers of various colors and shapes are finely blooming against the overcast sky.

The subtle coloring and ceaseless metamorphosis of these flowers are brought about by the abundant moisture and minerals absorbed from the rain and soil.

Under the threatening sky peculiar to this season, ajisai flowers closely wait for the rain to keep blooming exquisitely and their quiet beauty soaks into my mind deeply like a gentle merciful rain.



Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Ajisai flowers gradually change color due to the subtle chemistry of water and soil during their flowering periods.

The milky white sepals of these flowers are dyed with the various shades of ruby red.

This coloring perfectly matches the fresh green of leaves and reminds me of a classical color combination of kimono cloth.


Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Engaku-ji


Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Engaku-ji


The small ultramarine-blue flowers are blooming in the interior of the flower head.

These flowers and the flower-buds are ornamented with the frame of snowy petal-like calyxes.


Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji