March 1, 2013

Fukujyu-so (Adonis ramosa) flowers in Engaku-ji

The vivid yellow flowers of Hukujyu-so are blooming in a rush as if to be surprised by the early arrival of spring.

These flowers generally bloom in the cold season (in February and early in March) before the warmth of spring spreads through the air.

For standing the coldness, this flower closes when it doesn't get enough sunlight and it opens again when it catches the sun once more. 

The word "Hukyju" means "happiness and longevity."

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