October 15, 2018
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.
September 4, 2018
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.
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.
August 8, 2018
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.
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.
July 16, 2018
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.
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.
June 20, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.