May 18, 2012

Kodemari (Spiraea cantoniensis) flowers in Jochi-ji

The quiet spring garden of this temple were decorated with the cascades of small flower balls of Kodemari.

Kodemari means a "small handball" because its white flowers (about 1 cm in diameter) gather together to form the cascades of handball-like flower clusters.

This flower is one of the typical spring flowers which are arranged in the tokonoma (alcove) for a traditional tea ceremony.

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