July 24, 2013

A sacred lotus flower in Kaizo-ji

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.

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