Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lotus Blossom Viewing

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Just got back from a visit to the Korakuen, one of the three top gardens in Japan. Located below Okayama castle in Okayama City, the lotus blossoms were on display for the hordes of photographers.

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The lotus blossom is one of the most recognised Buddhist symbols and can be found in much Buddhist art. The pink blossoms represent the historical Buddha.

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Lotus root is edible and can be found in Japanese cooking. Known as Renkon, it is good in soup or as tempura.

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There was a second pond with white blossoms. In Buddhist symbolism they represent purity.

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I find the leaves at least as interesting as the flowers.

4 comments:

  1. Fabulous, I would live to see these beautiful flowers but your photos are nearly as good, thank you.

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  2. Beautiful... you can rely on nature to provide the moments of joy, and for people like yourself to capture and translate those moments for all of us. Love the colours, textures - but most of all your keen eye and camera-sense.

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  3. Amazing! These are the kind of lotus pictures I've always wanted to take. I love them.

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