February 26, 2012

A rippled pond in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

The dark shadows of bare trees were falling onto the quiet surface of the pond.

Suddenly a fish broke the water.

In a split second, these shadows were slightly disturbed by the gentle ripples.

Spring is awakening.

Ume (Prunus mume) flowers in Tokei-ji

The flowers of Ume are gracefully beginning to bloom to let us know the secret approach of spring.

The wheel of life is spinning around without stopping.

Ume (Prunus mume) flowers in Engaku-ji

Winter waves at Shichiriga-hama beach

Under the silver gray sky of winter, the glistening sea was heaving harshly like a magnificent creature having its own solid mind.

Fukujyu-so (Adonis amurensis) flowers in Kaizo-ji

The garden of Kannons in Engaku-ji

The slanting sun of that afternoon was softly illuminating the stone images of the god of mercy.

In this cold and silent garden, I felt that I had a glimpse of the eternities.

A Tsubaki (Camellia japonica) flower in Engaku-ji