My photographic notes about the four seasons in Kamakura or the gardens of Zen
May 4, 2010
A Botan (peony) flower in Kencho-ji temple
In the eighth century, Buddhism was introduced into Japan from China. A Chinese tree peony (Botan) was also brought into Japan as a precious medicinal plant along with this teaching of mercy and wisdom.
The cortex of its root is still used as an ingredient of a prescription for traditional herbal medicine for purifying blood and reducing pain.