June 20, 2018

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers: Chojyu-ji

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

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

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


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

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

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

June 11, 2018

Suiren (water lily) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

Suiren (water lily) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)


The thick foliage and the bright sunlight of early summer are calmly reflected on the slight ripples of this water-lily pond.

The graceful flowers and circular leaves are inlaid over the quiet water surface and are in harmony with the impressive atmosphere of flickering light and colors.

The gentle breezes are sweeping over the pond to transform the reflected picture of light and colors ceaselessly.

(as an homage to Claude Monet)

Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)


Basking in the bright early-summer sun, the fragile silken flowers of iris are blooming stunningly to the utmost.

The wet and warm atmosphere just before the rainy season gives birth to the precious gradations of violet colors and the exquisite figures of these flowers. Each flower blooms only for three days and becomes withered up too soon.

(From these violet iris flowers, I remember the beautiful painting titled "The Iris Garden At Giverny" by Claude Monet.)



Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji


In Kita-kamakura, the tiny violet flower of Iwatabako is a notable symbol of the summer rainy season.

Together with colorful hydrangea flowers, Iwatabako flowers let us know that summer has come around and the rainy days of June will begin soon again.


Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Hanashobu  (iris) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flower: Tokei-ji

Suiren (water lily) flower: Kita-kamakura

Suiren (water lily) flower: Kita-kamakura


Again this year, one suiren flower quietly bloomed on the water surface in my small garden.


Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Tokei-ji

Hanashobu (iris) flowers: Tokei-ji

Kaiu (Zantedeschia) flowers: Kaizoji

Kaiu (Zantedeschia) flowers: Kaizoji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kencho-ji


Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kencho-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kencho-ji