June 30, 2020

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Beyond the small bell tower, colorful flowers are blooming splendidly among the dense green leaves in the variable sun of June.

This scene of exquisite colors reminds me of an impressionist painting of a summer garden mounted in a wooden frame.

Ajisai flowers constantly change their colors due to the hidden chemistry between pigments, sunlight, rain, and soil. Such hurried transition of colors is called ”Shichi-henge (seven changes)" after the Kabuki dance in which a leading actor quickly changes his clothes seven times.

Though I never know the reasons why Ajisai flowers need to change their colors so quickly, this rapid color variation makes me feel the wonders of nature and the swift passage of time under the rainy sky.

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