My husband , my second son and I visited our family's grave on March 20Th,one day earlier of the spring equinox day, as one of family events, as weather forecast said it was going to rain on the following day.
According to Buddhism, it is said that on the spring equinox day people pray praising nature and for living people, besides on the autumnal one they pray for ancestors and the deads' souls.
I don't think so many Japanese are serious believers of Buddhism,including my family, though there are many who visit their family graves on the day of both of equinox.
This time I also couldn't help praying for numerous disaster victims by the biggest recorded earthquake and Tsunami unleashed by it on March 11Th in northen area in Japan.
There are often snow damage in some parts of the area, and they got hit by the devastating disaster when the long winder is at last going to over.
Our grave yard is located to near a temple, Byakugou-ji(白毫寺）, where we dropped in.
This small mountain temple is famous for a camellia tree that has five different coloured flowers, red, white, pink, white with red stains and red with white stains, as a result of graft in the tree.
Unfortunately the buds of it are not yet loosen, though some other sorts of camellia blossomed out in various ways.
And a sort of cherry tree, Kan-zakura, which flourishes in a cold season"Kan", had some white serene flowers.
A cherry tree has its flowers like some snow flakes
in a cloudy morning
that let me think about the sufferers in the boreal
whose untold disasters are like huge icy rocks
It is my sincere wish that a speedy restoration and support will bring back the victims their peace and normal days sooner.