April 8, 2010

A Shaga (Iris japonica) flower in Jochi-ji temple

Although a "Shaga" flower is fairly familiar in Kita-kamakura of mid-spring, it impresses me with its delicate and exquisite figure every time I see it.

"Shaga" means "a fan made of Japanese cypress slats" which was used by nobles at the Imperial Court. This flower is also called Kocho-bana, which means a butterfly-flower.

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