Saturday, July 17, 2010
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.
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.
Lotus root is edible and can be found in Japanese cooking. Known as Renkon, it is good in soup or as tempura.
There was a second pond with white blossoms. In Buddhist symbolism they represent purity.
I find the leaves at least as interesting as the flowers.