August 15, 2011

Shukaido (Hardy begonia) flowers in Engaku-ji

The small coral pink flowers of Shukaido are put on the rim of the stone washbasin as a traditional seasonal symbol to please the eyes of the visitors to this Tacchu (minor temple) called Obai-in (winter jasmine house) .

The name "Shukaido" means "a flower which blooms in autumn" and this flower represents one of the first signs of autumn in our traditional sense of seasons.

Although high summer still reigns overpoweringly, autumn is approaching slowly but steadily.

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