January 6, 2010

Robai (Chimonanthus praecox) flowers in Tokei-ji temple

These elegant "Robai" flowers were gently giving off an enchanting perfume in the chill air of this garden. It was unfortunate that my camera could not capture such a pleasant perfume.

The name of "Robai" means a waxwork plum and is named after the waxwork-like petals of its flower. In Japan, this plant is called "one of the three close friends of harsh winter" as well as a pine tree and a bamboo plant.

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