May 7, 2022

Kaido (Malus halliana) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Kaido (Malus halliana) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Enticed by a flood of blazing colors in the spring sun, I wandered into the humble garden of this old temple and found the old tree of Kaido bearing countless rose-red flowers.

As if to try to inherit the principal role in spring flowers from the gradually declining flowers of Sakura, the Kaido flowers drooping from the slender twigs were in full bloom and were decorating the tranquil garden in such a way as to put rouge on its cheeks.

Kaido is a flowering tree of rose family native to China, and the Chinese people have highly praised its flowers of maidenly grace since very remote times. 

This flower is sometimes called "the broken heart flower" there, according to the ancient legend that, when a girl was forcibly separated from her lover and cried out longing for him, the beautiful rose-red flowers of Kaido appeared in the place where her tears of blood had dripped.

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