July 24, 2013
Spurred on by the intense heat and sunlight in late July, the graceful flowers of sacred lotus are beginning to bloom quietly one after another and to slowly diffuse an enticing aroma into the hot air.
This lotus is grown in a Hasu-bachi (a pottery basin for lotus) placed in the small garden of the temple.
The large leaves of the lotus, which shade the exquisite silky flower from the harsh dazzling sun, are beautifully decorating the French rose and Chinese yellow of the flower with their vivid emerald green.
On the weathered corridor of the Hojo hall, an aged cat is catnapping peacefully to dream a brief dream.
Like this old cat, we are dreaming the fleeting dream called a life.
In the Zen temples of Japan, cats are traditionally cherished by temple people because they are believed to protect precious sacred books from the damage by rats.
July 8, 2013
The silver rays of the declining sun are pouring down through rifts in the mottled clouds to softly illuminate the calm surface of the sea.
The dark silhouettes of rocks, a island and a peninsula are adorning the subtle beauty of this seascape of serenity.
Morito coast is located beside "Hayama-machi" in Miura District, Kanagawa Prefecture. This coastal area is situated at the northern end of Miura Peninsula and facing Sagami Bay on the Pacific Ocean. I often visit this tranquil coast to enjoy its peaceful and boundless scenery.
The rainy-blue flowers of Ajisai are blooming quietly as if to know their flowering season will soon end.
A zen monk is walking on gently on the empty path along these flowers of rain.
Everything is fleeting and eternal in this garden.
I saw trainee monks silently practicing "Kin-hin" or walking-meditation in the forecourt of the Shari-den.
"Kin-hin" means "going and returning in a place" and is practiced in the intervals between Zazen sessions in order to relieve the fatigue and drowsiness caused by the seated meditation.
I tried to aim at representing a Japanese-style (or ukiyo-e-style) scene of this season through the combination of the blue flowers of Ajisai and the Kanji and kana characters on the stone monument behind them.