in a garden of deity

                     斉藤 茂吉(1882~1953)
A water snail,
a come-by-chance
of  a heavenly bird
in her previous life,
is longing for lukewarm water
Mokichi Saitō

I visited the garden of Ume-no- Miya shrine in Kyoto 
as this garden of deity is famous for seasonal flowers. 

Now, the beginning of rainy season, is the time of flowering of sweet flag
( sort of iris), and we can see some water lilies on the pond, and some
azaleas are still blooming at the edge.

When I read the tanka poem I wrote above, I  imagined something
but I didn't understand it well.

Mokichi is one of the most famous tanka poets who gave traction
to the tanka field before and after the second World War, and in this one it seems that not only  he himself feels like a water snail but also he gives equivalent characteristics to the both, the bird living in Heaven according to Buddhism and such common creature as water snail which I used to find often in paddy fields especially in this season. 

Viewing Shoubu(菖蒲)or sweet flags which look like some imaginary birds I walked around the garden.

At the back yard it looks a little wilder and different aspect can be observed.

In the shadow we can also see a sort of hydrangea, 草アジサイ.

I think the English name shows the character of this species of flower quite well because hydrangeas fancy some moist place being necessity of a lot of hydrogen as if they are longing for water.

アジサイ is written as 紫陽花 that signifies purple sunny flower.
I like the Japanese name but they are not always purple nor sunny.

Appreciating these different flowers I felt closer to them and somehow got familiar to the former tanka poem by Mokichi and then I left the garden.  

19 件のコメント:

Red Rose. さんのコメント...


unrosetoinviacerreto さんのコメント...

What a beautiful place and cheering.
In life it would be nice to see for yourself
similar beauties.

In My Wild Eden さんのコメント...

Oh such lovely flowers. A visual feast. I hope all is well and you have a beautiful day.

cosmos さんのコメント...


Varla Lee さんのコメント...

Wonderful garden, a relly lovely paradise!

Dave King さんのコメント...

I must look up your Mokichi! I love the imagery and symbolism of your bird and snail -- and, of course, adore your, as always, beautiful photographs.

stardust さんのコメント...


Jen さんのコメント...

That is such an intriguing poem--I am going to copy it down and keep it.

What a lovely garden--those iris are lovely.

haricot さんのコメント...

Red Rose


Thank you very much for visiting here.
Have a nice week!


Thank you for your comment.
have a lovely day for you, too.



Thank you very much.
It was lucky that there was few people and many flowers in the garden on that day.


I'm glad to hear your idea about Mokichi.
Thank you very much.




You had a good weekend, I suppose.
And happy to know that you like this poem.

sarah さんのコメント...

Have a nice day!

haricot さんのコメント...


Susan ~ Southern Fascinations さんのコメント...

Very beautiful... The colors so lovely and vibrant! I can feel the peacefulness through your wonderful photos. Poor water snail in this life... Imagine being a bird in one life and then coming back as a snail.... Definitely a change in your point of view! Take care...Susan

haricot さんのコメント...


Your point of reincarnation is very interesting. Thank you for this, Susan, and have a nice weekend.

Marc Sheffner さんのコメント...

The close-up of the iris looks like a dancer with both her arms raised above her head! Sweet.

haricot さんのコメント...

Natural designs sometimes surprise us.
Thank you for your interesting comment.

GABRIELA さんのコメント...

How lucky you are to have access to such a poetic garden! From all corners...poems seem to be calling, asking to be brought to life by words on a piece of paper! I love the Japanese irises! They look like birds in flight OR butterflies OR all-veiled princesses. No chance to see them this year. I'll get all I can from the beauty of hydrangeas, we have plenty of them in the neighbourhood. And after these rains...I hope they'll look HAPPY!

haricot さんのコメント...


I know that you love roses, hydrangeas, and happy to come to know you love Japanese iris. I suppose that the flowers inspire your imagination and poetic words.
For me, too!
Have a good week.

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

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Muito lindo... como um sonho!
Bom domingo!
Boa semana!
°º✿♫ Beijinhos.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you very much. I love your happy song.