January 14, 2013

Fuyu-botan (winter peony) flowers in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

In the depth of winter, the snow-white flowers of winter peony are blooming exquisitely within the straw enclosure which protects these delicate flowers from the biting coldness of January.

Normally Japanese tree peony blossoms gorgeously in May and its magnificent flowers herald the arrival of summer to us.

Winter peony flowers are artificially bloomed with the painstaking cultivation work of years.

These precious flowers are showed as a good luck charm to the New Year's visitors to a temple or shrine who pray for the happiness and prosperity of the new year.

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