May 13, 2018

Aosuji-ageha (blue-triangle) butterfly: Kencho-ji

Aosuji-ageha (blue-triangle)butterfly: Kencho-ji


Like a graceful daydream flitting in the bright sunlight, the blue-striped summer butterfly suddenly appeared from nowhere in the air and alighted on the small white flower before my eyes.

In an instant, it sucked nectar from the flower while beating its wings and then quickly fleeted from one flower to the next for eagerly seeking nectar. Immediately after doing so, it swiftly flied high up and vanished into thin air.

Summer butterflies are beginning to fly around here to let me realize that the season of the dazzling sun has just arrived.



Baika-utsugi (Philadelphus satsumi) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Baika-utsugi (Philadelphus satsumi) flowers: Kaizo-ji


Every flower blooms like a beautiful but transient dream.


A moment of stillness: Engaku-ji

A moment of stillness: Engaku-ji


At the very instant when the monk quietly got up on his feet, the rapid stream of time was frozen by the subtle chemistry of stillness and the absolute present moment revealed itself. 


Fresh green leaves: Shari-den, Engaku-ji

Fresh green leaves: Shari-den, Engaku-ji


The early summer breeze was gently blowing down from the slope thickly covered by the dazzling fresh green and was conveying to me the quiet aura of enlightenment which is completely pervading this small valley.


Kakitsubata (Iris laevigata) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Kakitsubata (Iris laevigata) flowers: Kaizo-ji

New leaves above the pond: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

New leaves above the pond: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Shaga (Iris japonica) flowers: Engaku-ji

Shaga (Iris japonica) flowers: Engaku-ji


Hime-utsugi (Deutzia gracilis) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Hime-utsugi (Deutzia gracilis) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Tsutsuji (Rhododendron) flowes: Kaizo-ji

Tsutsuji (Rhododendron) flowes: Kaizo-ji

Sekkoku (Dendrobium moniliforme) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Sekkoku (Dendrobium moniliforme) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Spring garden: Jochi-ji

Spring garden: Jochi-ji

Shiran (Bletilla striata Bletilla) flowers: Engaku-ji

Shiran (Bletilla striata Bletilla) flowers: Engaku-ji