July 6, 2009

A waterlily flower in Engaku-ji temple

A Suiren (water lily) flower repeats its cycle of opening (waking) in the early morning and closing (sleeping) in the late afternoon for a period of about 4 days.

"Suiren" is an aquatic plant and the Japanese name of Suiren means a sleeping lotus flower which is based on such a flowering manner.

I found this little white-yellow flower in the Suiren-bachi (water-basin for water lily) placed in the undergrowth of the garden.

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