May 2, 2023

Haku-un-boku (Styrax obassia) flowers: Engaku-ji

Haku-un-boku (Styrax obassia) flowers: Engaku-ji

In the garden of the Hojo (main hall) of the old temple, the small white flowers of Haku-un-boku (white cloud tree) are fully blooming in clusters and floating like bright cirrus clouds in the deep blue sky. 

A gentle breeze is slowly shaking these flowers to let them give off their pleasant fragrance around this garden.

Unlike the white clouds which are shortly swept away by the wind and vanish into the air, these white flowers will remain here for several days in a graceful manner. However, before long, these fragrant flowers will scatter one after another and fall to the earth like snowflakes to fade away. 

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