February 21, 2010
In the gardens of Jochi-ji temple, the small yellow flowers of Mitsumata have started to blossom as if to herald the long-looked-for arrival of beautiful spring.
The tiny fuzzy buds of Mitsumata will continue to open one after another from now on and give us sweet joys of spring more and more.
A Mitsumata flower is one of the most typical early spring flowers in the temple gardens of Kita-kamakura.
A "Hukujyuso" flower, which seems to burst out directly from the cold ground, is also one of the particular flowers announcing the arrival of spring in Kita-kamakura.
At the early stage of its flowering season, this plant bears its vivid yellow flowers on the very short stems which only slightly appear on the surface of the ground. Thereafter its stems and leaves gradually grow and its succeeding flowers blossom in an ordinary manner.
The name "Hukujyuso" means a plant which brings happiness and longevity for the new year.
February 13, 2010
In the bitter coldness of early February, the small buds and flowers of Ume (Japanese apricot) are patiently waiting for the arrival of a kindly spring breeze.
Ume flowers gracefully withstand the coldness in this almost flowerless season.
We admire the noble beauty of these delicate but enduring flowers as an elegant sign of approaching spring and retreating winter.
In the small garden of "Butsu-nichi-an" (the hut for the days of faith in Buddha), the numerous buds of white magnolia are steadily growing toward their simultaneous bloom.
Lu Xun, a prominent novelist of modern China, gifted this white magnolia tree to D.T.Suzuki in remembrance of their honorable friendship.