July 23, 2014

Sacred lotus flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

In the dazzling sunlight pouring down from the azure summer sky, the flowers of sacred lotus are rivaling each other in beauty and splendor.

A lotus flower lasts only four days. One open with the dawn, one comes into full bloom to spread a fragrant aroma into the hot air, and one quietly scatters in the lazy breezes of a summer afternoon.

Before my eyes, the brilliant dance of life is rapidly reaching a crescendo in the burning brightness of summer days.

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