I found this beautiful praying-mantis ("Kama-kiri" in Japanese) in the vicinity of the grave of Dr. D.T.Suzuki. The Japanese name of this insect means a "scythe cutter" and comes from its scythe-shaped forefeet which are used to catch a prey nimbly.
August 31, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 27, 2009
August 23, 2009
August 14, 2009
Getting plenty of strong sunlight of August, countless sacred-lotus flowers in "Genpei-ike" pond send out their sweet and seductive scents vigorously.
The Japanese term "Tama-Ajisai" means "ball-shaped" Ajisai (Hydrangea.) The shape of its bud is spherical and its numerous small purple flowers burst into bloom in high summer.
August 11, 2009
Under the vivid blue sky of midsummer, the sturdy and beautiful leaves of sacred lotuses continue to flourish amazingly.
August 7, 2009
August 4, 2009
In old Japan, based on Buddhist apocalypticism (Mappo-idea,) people believed that, after death, only a selected minority group of people could ascend into the Pure Land (the land of happiness) and a majority of common people had to fall down to the dark floor of hell (Jigoku) and be punished without end. In the era of such an apocalyptical world-view, Jizo Bosatsu was popularly worshipped because he was believed to come down to the hell and save all suffering people from being punished endlessly in the hell by substituting himself for such suffering people.
Additionally, in Japan, Jizo Bosatsu is especially venerated as the guardian of dead children who died prematurely before the death of their parents. Jizo Bosatsu protects such unfortunate children from being distressed by the punishers (Oni) of the Children's Limbo.