April 6, 2011

Haku-mokuren (Magnolia heptapeta) flowers in Engaku-ji

In Kita-kamakura, the short-lived lotus-like flowers of Haku-mokuren are in full-blown magnificently in the air of various gardens.

This Haku-mokuren tree is said to have been presented to D.T.Suzuki (1870-1966) by Lu Xun (1881-1936) who is one of the most celebrated Chinese novelists.

The name "Haku-mokuren" means "a tree which bears white lotus-like flowers."

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