March 5, 2011
Kawazu-zakura (Prunus lannesiana cv. Kawazu-zakura) flowers in Engaku-ji
The pale pink blossoms of a Kawazu-zakura tree, which is an early-flowering Japanese cherry tree, are opening all at once in the soft sunlight of this budding season.
Though the calendar says it has been spring, the warmth of this season is not here yet.
Soon the warm bright sun will roll around again high up in the air and the garden of Zen will become alive afresh with the birds, insects and flowers which proclaim spring happily.
These early-flowering cherry blossoms make us believe that our long-awaited springtime will surely arrive here in a little while.