April 21, 2013

Tsubaki (Camellia japonica) flowers in Engaku-ji

This kind of Tsubaki is usually called "Kamakura Shibori." The word "Shibori" of this name originates in the traditional tie-dyeing of fabric and stands for a tie-dyeing-like spotted pattern on a flower petal.

Like cute little girls wearing flowery tie-dyed kimonos, these gorgeous bicolored flowers are lending an innocent and cheerful charm to the bright but quiet garden of spring.

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