April 26, 2011
Shidare-zakura (Prunus pendula) and Yama-zakura (Prunus jamasakura) blossoms in Kencho-ji
Inspired by the splendid blossoming of Sakura, various flowers of vivid colors have begun to burst into bloom hastily and fresh green leaves of plants have started to dazzle our eyes with their innocent brightness.
The lively colors of nature have returned to life now and stay some time in the gardens of Zen to make us feel the pure joy of being alive until the dim pale gray of winter silently sneaks in.
The elegant building behind the cherry trees is called "San-mon" (mountain gate) and is typical of Zen temples. It is said that we can be saved from our earthly desires by passing under this temple gate of enlightenment.