March 29, 2012
Spring has made its belated arrival at last.
The fragrant flowers of early spring have begun to bloom lively in unison and are adding delightful colors and elegant fragrances to the quiet gardens of Zen.
Flowers are blooming devotedly and peacefully to fulfill their own precious duty under the order of nature. The esoteric beauties of them always open my eyes to the truth of life.
The bright seasons of growth and breeding have only just gotten under way.
By the side of the bell tower, the bright yellow flowers of Mitsumata, which earliest announce the arrival of spring, are at their best.
Kawazu-zakura is an early-flowering variety of Sakura (Japanese cherry), which tells us of the appearance of spring.
These elegant pale pink flowers are announcing beforehand that the best time of cherry blossoms will soon arrive here.
This species of Ume is called Chasen-bai (Chasen-ume) in Japan because its small delicate flower looks like a chasen.
A chasen is the tea whisk which is made of bamboo and is used to whip powdered green tea in the tea ceremony.
March 20, 2012
The gentle warmth of early spring is softly waking up all living things out of long and calm winter sleep.
Anywhere I go, the faint but distinct aroma of elegant Ume flowers is floating on a breath of air to convice me of the arrival of this new spring.
The old wooden image of Amitabha Buddha seems to be fondly watching the white flowers of Ume blooming splendidly in an ecstasy of joy.
In Buddhistic culture, flowers symbolize the infinite mercy and compassion of Buddha.
Amitabha is the Buddha of infinite light and infinite life who presides over the Pure Land.
The quiet yellow-green surface of the Byakuro-chi pond greatly enhanced the elegance of the red Ume flowers. Byakuro-chi means "the pond where snowy herons visit."
Until the gray and cold winter comes again, numerous varieties of enchanting colors continue to beautify the gardens of Zen one after the other with the changing of the seasons.
The bright yellow flowers of Mitsumata are coming into full bloom to happily proclaim the long-expected start of early spring.
These flowers emit a sweet and delightful fragrance, which can instantly melt my melancholy winter mind.
The fuzzy flower-buds of the Haku-mokuren tree are growing up rapidly.
Soon, in the bright sunlight of spring, the countless white flowers of this tree will bloom magnificently with one accord as if to celebrate the arrival of this joyful season.
March 16, 2012
Spring is here.
The blossoms of Ume (Japanese apricot) are blooming elegantly in concert now.
Uguisu birds (Japanese bush warblers) are beginning to sing their sweet spring songs to warmly welcome the arrival of this beautiful season of growth.