August 8, 2018

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu


In the intensive sunlight from the blinding midsummer sky, the graceful flowers of sacred lotus are coming into bloom magnificently above the pond surface covered with deep-green lotus leaves.

An unstained white flower of sacred lotus appears in a dignified manner from the depth of dirty mud water and, therefore, is referred to as the divine flower symbolizing the great wisdom and mercy of Buddha.

In Buddhist culture, there is a tradition that such a pure-white lotus flower blooms in Nirvana (Pure Land) and Amithaba (Amida Nyorai) is seated on it.

The blooming period of a lotus flower is about four days and its silky petals silently fall apart in the calm hot wind at last.




Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji


The seasons continue circling around and, once again, high summer has arrived here to present this marvelous composition of the lotus flowers and the golden floral decoration of the gate.

The strong sun is brightening up the pitch-black wooden gate on which the various gilded ornaments are finely attached.

The half-opening flowers of sacred lotus and the deep-green leaves are placidly vying with this gate in splendor and beauty.


Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Kaizo-ji


Sacred lotus flower: Kaizo-ji

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

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 permeates the depth of my mind and makes me realize the fleetingness of living things in the swiftly flowing stream of seasons.



Early-blooming lotus flower: Kencho-ji

Lotus flower: Kencho-ji


Earlier than usual, a pale-yellow flower of lotus is blooming towards the radiant sun hastily as if to welcome the premature arrival of the long-expected midsummer.


Suiren (water lily) flowers: Engaku-ji

Suiren (water lily) flowers: Engaku-ji


In the basin placed in front of the gate to the Shari-den (reliquary hall), two yellow flowers of water-lily are secretly blooming like tiny twin sisters.

They are listening closely to the silent voice of mercy pouring out from the small sacred shrine of this reliquary hall.


Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Engaku-ji


Ajisai flowers decorate themselves splendidly with magical colors at the very end of their lives.


Nemunoki (Albizia julibrissin) flowers: Engaku-ji

Nemunoki (Albizia julibrissin) flowers: Engaku-ji

Blue sky in June: Yuigahama-beach

Blue sky in June: Yuigahama-beach