March 3, 2019

White ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Kaizo-ji


White ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Kaizo-ji


The dominance of the wintry coldness has already become weaker and weaker. In response to the coming back of the fresh spring sunlight, various living things in this garden have begun awaking out of their winter quiescence one after another.

In the gentle spring sun, the white scented flowers of Ume are gloriously blooming in unison while vigorously emitting their pleasant aroma into the air, which makes me have a fantasy that the numerous flower-fairies of this garden are secretly dancing for joy at the long-awaited arrival of spring.



Stone image of Jizo-bosatsu: Jochi-ji

Stone image of Jizo-bosatsu: Jochi-ji


As spring advances gradually, the sun ascends into the sky at a higher altitude.

The bright sunbeams shining through the leaves of the trees reach these hollows in the rock, where the small stone-images of Kannon Bosatsu are enshrined in perfect tranquility.

The trees and plants have steadily resumed their inconspicuous regrowth and are giving off the pleasant fragrance of life force into the quiet air surrounding me.




White Ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Engaku-ji

White Ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Engaku-ji


The perpetual revolution of the earth around the sun causes the continuous change of the solar energy reaching the surface of the earth. The seasons and the seasonal scenery are ceaselessly rotating based on this orbital revolution.

Every living thing proceeds with its cycle of birth, death and rebirth, while synchronizing with this eternal rotation.

In the beautiful spring gradually awakening in front of me, the birds have just broken the silence and begun singing their lively songs again in the trees to rejoice over the return of spring.



Red Ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Tokei-ji

Red Ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Tokei-ji

Baika-ouren (Coptis quinquefolia) flowers: Tokei-ji

Baika-ouren (Coptis quinquefolia) flowers: Tokei-ji


In a shady corner of the garden, I found the very small flowers (about 1.5 cm in diameter) of Baika-ouren secretly blooming on their stalks which stick out from the wet ground thickly covered with dead leaves.

What looks like the white petal of this small flower is actually its sepal and the true form of the flower is its tiny spoon-shaped yellow potion.



Reflection on the pond: Kencho-ji

Reflection on the pond: Kencho-ji

Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji


Bamboo grove: Jochi-ji


The bamboo grove has just waked up from its long winter sleep.

White ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Engaku-ji

White ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Engaku-ji

Fukujyuso (Adonis ramosa) flowers: Jyochi-ji

Fukujyuso (Adonis ramosa) flowers: Jyochi-ji

White ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Engaku-ji

White ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Engaku-ji

Red Ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Tokei-ji


Red Ume (Prunus mume) flowers: Tokei-ji

Mansaku (amamelis japonica) flowers: Engaku-ji

Mansaku (amamelis japonica) flowers: Engaku-ji

February 11, 2019

Winter bamboo grove: Kencho-ji

Winter bamboo grove: Kencho-ji


The pale winter sunlight of the westering sun is streaming into the silent bamboo grove and the bamboo stalks are casting their long shadows on the cold ground which is thickly covered with the dead leaves.

In this wintry garden, every living thing is waiting patiently for the return of the gentle spring sunlight which will awaken it up from deep winter sleep.

The fallen leaves quietly keep decaying to provide fertile soil for the lively resurgence of life in the prime of the year.



Winter garden: Tokei-ji

Winter garden: Tokei-ji


In the seasons which rotate ceaselessly, all the living and lifeless things of nature are harmoniously woven into the distinctive scenery from each time of the year.

The further winter deepens, the nearer spring approaches. In the freezing air of midwinter, I saw small flower buds enduring coldness on the dry leafless branches of apricot trees.

The fallen leaves have gathered at the feet of the moss-covered image of Kanzeon Bosatsu, which is staring steadily at these decaying leaves while giving them a warm merciful smile.




Winter garden: Tokei-ji

Winter garden: Tokei-ji


Just underneath the cold ground, innumerable microorganisms are zealously wriggling and working without cease to decompose dead plant and animal tissues and to recycle their nutrients for the awakening and rebirth of life in the coming spring.


Koubai (red apricot tree) blossoms: Kaizo-ji

Koubai (red apricot tree) blossoms: Kaizo-ji


Under the gray wintry sky, the noble flowers of Ume have started blooming one by one to quietly tell me of the arrival of spring.


Winter maple tree: Kaizo-ji

Winter maple tree: Kaizo-ji

Hakubai (white apricot tree) blossoms: Engaku-ji


Hakubai (white apricot tree) blossoms: Engaku-ji

Suisen (daffodil) flowers: Kaizoji

Suisen (daffodil) flowers: Kaizoji

Adiantum: Kita-kamakura

Adiantum: Kita-kamakura

Robai (Chimonanthus praecox) blossoms: Engaku-ji

Robai (Chimonanthus praecox) blossoms: Engaku-ji

Winter-peony flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Winter-peony flowers: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Winter-peony flowers: tsurugaoka-hachimangu

winter peony; tsurugaoka-hachimangu

January 24, 2019

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach


The soft radiance of the slowly declining sun is tinging the sea, the sky and a range of distant mountains with various shades of pale violet and greyish gold.

The northern wind has just subsided into a cold breeze and the sea keeps rippling gently in silence.

In this watercolor seascape which is changing moment by moment, I find something eternal and remain standing here, staring into it as the sun goes down in the distance.


Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach


The cold transparent air of midwinter makes it possible to clearly see the fine silhouette of the faraway island of Izu Oshima from this beach.

The sea and the sky are subtly colored with faint crimson by the slanting rays of the sun.

People come to this seashore just as if they were led by their innermost voices and silently keep gazing at the far horizon to seek answers to the voices in the depths of their hearts.



Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach


In the amber glow of the sinking sun, a bank of fleecy clouds drift away like a flock of seabirds returning to their nests hurriedly.

A girl is watching fixedly the blaze of the sun transforming every moment above the gently undulating sea.

A boy is running by the water's edge as if to try to chase the time which is swiftly going by toward the night.



Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach


Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

Winter seascape: Yuigahama-beach

January 9, 2019

Mt.Fuji as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)


Beyond the vast waving water of Sagami bay, the snow-capt peak of Mt. Fuji rises sharply against the pure azure sky.

Fortunately, thanks to the intense coldness and dryness in the deep of winter, the ambient air is so transparent that I can clearly see the divine spectacle of the sacred mountain and the shining sea in the far distance.

This magnificent view awakes me to the innermost admiration for the sublimity beyond human understanding and for the universe filled with such boundless wonders.



Mt.Fuji as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)


The sun is sinking slowly beyond the calm sea, tinting the western sky and the woolly clouds with a varying rosy flush.

Just before nightfall, the noble silhouette of Mt.Fuji stands out clearly against the golden sunset glow.

Since ancient times, this holy mountain has earned the heartfelt faith and worship of Japanese people and has been respected as the highest spiritual symbol of Japan.

In the low voice of the wind gently blowing across the sea, I hear the earnest prayers which have been sincerely offered to Mt.Fuji by Japanese people.

Mt.Fuji as seen from Morito-beach (Hayama)

Mt.Fuji as seen from Morito-beach (Hayama)

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima island as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima island as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima island as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima island as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima island as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)

Mt.Fuji and Enoshima island as seen from Inamuragasaki point (Kamakura)