October 15, 2018

Ageha (Papilio xuthus) butterfly and Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Eisho-ji

Ageha (Papilio xuthus) butterfly and Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Eisho-ji


Summer is over without leaving any trace and autumn has stealthily set in.

Like quiet flames burning in the grass, the vivid vermilion flowers of Higanbana are blooming with one accord to silently tell us that autumn has arrived here undoubtedly.

Swallowtail butterflies, which once kept flitting high in the bright summer sky, are flying low to eagerly find scarce floral nectar before they disappear.

Soon these blazing flowers will vanish from sight without being noticed and brilliant autumnal tints of leaves will begin to emerge gradually in the gardens.



White heron: Kaizo-ji

White heron: Kaizo-ji

Hototogisu (Tricyritis hirta) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Hototogisu (Tricyritis hirta) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Autumnal tints: Kencho-ji

Autumnal tints: Kencho-ji

Hagi (Lespedeza) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Hagi (Lespedeza) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Eisho-ji

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Eisho-ji

Sion (Aster tataricus) flowers: Kaizo-ji


October azure sky: Yuigahama-beach

October sky: Yuigahama-beach

Murasaki-shikibu (Callicarpa japonica) fruits: Engaku-ji

Murasaki-shikibu (Callicarpa japonica) fruits: Engaku-ji

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Kaizo-ji

September 4, 2018

Summer white clouds: Kaizo-ji

Summer white clouds: Kaizo-ji


Like a colossus of snow-white marble, the gigantic columns of summer clouds are soaring high in the untainted blue sky to display the intense force of life that the scorching sun provides.

By the blessing of the blazing sun, every plant continues growing vigorously to fulfill its own seasonal mission silently.

The height of summer appears to stay here forever and it is hard to believe that this robust and brilliant season is sure to end before long.


Sacred lotus flower; Eisho-ji

Sacred lotus flower; Eisho-ji


Trees and plants are eagerly absorbing the parching heat of high summer to flourish hurriedly against the rapid transition of seasons.

Because other flowers have almost disappeared in the harsh sunlight, these precious flowers of summer delight my eyes deeply with their graceful forms and colors.


Garden of summer: Kaizo-ji

Garden of summer: Kaizo-ji

Water lily flowers: Kaizo-ji

Water lily flowers: Kaizo-ji

Sacred lotus flower: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flower: Kencho-ji

Summer white clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)

Summer white clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)

Lotus seeds: Kaizo-ji

Lotus seeds: Kaizo-ji

Sarusuberi (Crape myrtle) flowers: Eisho-ji

Sarusuberi (Crape myrtle) flowers: Eisho-ji

Summer white clouds: Yuigahama-beach (Kamakura)

Summer white clouds: Yuigahama-beach

August 8, 2018

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu


In the intensive sunlight from the blinding midsummer sky, the graceful flowers of sacred lotus are coming into bloom magnificently above the pond surface covered with deep-green lotus leaves.

An unstained white flower of sacred lotus appears in a dignified manner from the depth of dirty mud water and, therefore, is referred to as the divine flower symbolizing the great wisdom and mercy of Buddha.

In Buddhist culture, there is a tradition that such a pure-white lotus flower blooms in Nirvana (Pure Land) and Amithaba (Amida Nyorai) is seated on it.

The blooming period of a lotus flower is about four days and its silky petals silently fall apart in the calm hot wind at last.




Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji


The seasons continue circling around and, once again, high summer has arrived here to present this marvelous composition of the lotus flowers and the golden floral decoration of the gate.

The strong sun is brightening up the pitch-black wooden gate on which the various gilded ornaments are finely attached.

The half-opening flowers of sacred lotus and the deep-green leaves are placidly vying with this gate in splendor and beauty.


Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flowers: Kencho-ji

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Kaizo-ji


Sacred lotus flower: Kaizo-ji

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

July 16, 2018

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Kencho-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Kencho-ji


The rainy season has taken wing at last and the summer is getting closer to its height steadily.

In the dazzling sun, by gradual dehydration, Ajisai flowers are metamorphosed into their last figures and colors before fading.

Their half-dried sepals are modestly dyed in the remaining colors of rainwater.

The ever-changing splendor of these flowers permeates the depth of my mind and makes me realize the fleetingness of living things in the swiftly flowing stream of seasons.



Early-blooming lotus flower: Kencho-ji

Lotus flower: Kencho-ji


Earlier than usual, a pale-yellow flower of lotus is blooming towards the radiant sun hastily as if to welcome the premature arrival of the long-expected midsummer.


Suiren (water lily) flowers: Engaku-ji

Suiren (water lily) flowers: Engaku-ji


In the basin placed in front of the gate to the Shari-den (reliquary hall), two yellow flowers of water-lily are secretly blooming like tiny twin sisters.

They are listening closely to the silent voice of mercy pouring out from the small sacred shrine of this reliquary hall.


Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower: Engaku-ji


Ajisai flowers decorate themselves splendidly with magical colors at the very end of their lives.


Nemunoki (Albizia julibrissin) flowers: Engaku-ji

Nemunoki (Albizia julibrissin) flowers: Engaku-ji

Blue sky in June: Yuigahama-beach

Blue sky in June: Yuigahama-beach

Himeougisuisen (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Himeougisuisen (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Kikyo (Platycodon grandiflorus) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Kikyo (Platycodon grandiflorus) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Nouzen-kazura (Campsis grandiflora) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Nouzenkazura (Campsis grandiflora) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Engaku-ji

June 20, 2018

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji


The summer rainy season has just set in.

Along the uphill road beside the modest temple, the ajisai flowers of various colors and shapes are finely blooming against the overcast sky.

The subtle coloring and ceaseless metamorphosis of these flowers are brought about by the abundant moisture and minerals absorbed from the rain and soil.

Under the threatening sky peculiar to this season, ajisai flowers closely wait for the rain to keep blooming exquisitely and their quiet beauty soaks into my mind deeply like a gentle merciful rain.



Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Ajisai flowers gradually change color due to the subtle chemistry of water and soil during their flowering periods.

The milky white sepals of these flowers are dyed with the various shades of ruby red.

This coloring perfectly matches the fresh green of leaves and reminds me of a classical color combination of kimono cloth.


Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Engaku-ji


Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Engaku-ji


The small ultramarine-blue flowers are blooming in the interior of the flower head.

These flowers and the flower-buds are ornamented with the frame of snowy petal-like calyxes.


Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji

Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji


Thanks to the favorable rainfall and temperature of this season, the bamboo grove continues growing abundantly.

The dense blades and tall stems are trembling lightly in the mild breeze, which lets me know that this bamboo grove is full of the true joy of living.


Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Kita-kamakura


Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Bamboo grove: Jyochi-ji

Bamboo grove: Jyochi-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Jyufuku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Jyufuku-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla f. normalis) flowers: Kita-kamakura