My photographic notes about the four seasons in Kamakura or the gardens of Zen
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.