June 30, 2020

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Engaku-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Engaku-ji


Together with the vivid green leaves of summer, the sky-blue and pale purple flowers of hydrangea are catching the dazzling sunlight that comes from the precious sunny sky in the gray rainy season. Behind these graceful flowers, there is the Chinese-styled gable of the imperial envoy gate in sight.

Our impressions of flowers must reflect our appreciation of the fleeting nature of our lives. Unconsciously we try to perceive the fragility and transience of ourselves from the short-lived beauty and grace of flowers.

We humans may be almost ignorant of the true nature of all living things including a human being itself. We may be just strolling about in our selfish daydreams without knowing any truth of the universe.


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