May 23, 2010

The flower buds of Iwatabako in Tokei-ji temple

Under the glossy leaves of Iwatabako thickly growing on the rock surface, the small flower buds of this plant are secretly beginning to emerge in succession with the coming of early summer.

The Japanese name "Iwa-tabako" means "rock tobacco" because this plant grows on the rock surface and its leaf looks like that of tabacco.

Due to the very unseasonable weather of this spring, the appearance of these flower buds is much slower than in the average year.

A tiny violet flower of Iwatabako has the shape of pentagram. The magical and exquisite beauty of this small flower heralds the opening of summer in Kita-kamakura.

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