January 8, 2011

Fuyu-botan (winter-peony) flowers in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

The magnificent snow-white flowers of Botan were in bloom nobly beneath the soft winter sun of January.

Thanks to the gentle and sober sunlight, the delicate petals of the flowers appeared to be royal robes made of white fine silk.

In China and Japan, the flower of peony bears the title of "the king of flowers" and is considered as the most auspicious flower.

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