May 4, 2010

A Botan (peony) flower in Kencho-ji temple

A Botan (peony) flower is traditionally called the flower of flowers in China and Japan.

Its elegant fragrance is believed to drive out evil vapors and its excellent figure symbolizes the highest happiness and honor.

A peony flower is the emblem of good omen which is sculptured and painted in many Japanese historical temples and buildings in the same manner as a sacred lotus flower.

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