November 11, 2009
Fallen Tsubaki flowers near Kencho-ji temple
A Tsubaki (Camellia japonica) flower falls gracefully as a whole from its calyx instead of scattering into separate flower petals.
The gorgeous flowers of Tsubaki have been loved by Japanese people since old times. These flowers blossom flourishingly from winter to spring and delight us with their lovely colors during the dark wintertime which is very poor in beautiful flowers.
This magnificent flower of Tsubaki is called "the queen flower of tea ceremony." In the cold wintertime, almost all of the "Tokonoma" (alcoves for decoration) of tea rooms are decorated with such Tsubaki flowers.