May 3, 2010

Pink Peony


Today is Constitution Memorial Day in Japan. One of the many holidays during Golden Week.

It's interesting how people here are very passionate about Matsuri (festivals) but don't seem to embrace holidays in the same manner. We're happy about getting a day off from work or school, but can't quite remember what holiday it is. On the other hand, when it comes to Matsuri, we're all set and ready to celebrate the night away weeks in advance.

Well, it could be just me! Today is a holiday to celebrate the promulgation of the Constitution of Japan in 1947. And yes, I'm embarrassed to say, I did have to look up the year.

I thought I'd post this Peony flower today. It was growing in the garden of Tamon Temple. The temple is called 'Temple of Peony' because they have over 300 peony plants growing in the garden.

14 comments:

Babzy said...

enjoy your day off , the garden must be beautiful :)

Rob said...

Very beautiful bloom!

arabesque said...

oh! it's blooming in pink! ^0^

Evelyn said...

Very pretty - a lovely colour.

Lois said...

Beautiful macros! Have a good holiday.

Louis la Vache said...

The peony in the upper image would make a fabulous watercolor painting!

kostas said...

Beautiful pink!

VP said...

Glad for your day off, you posted two lovely pictures today!

Charles said...

I love peonies! Hope your celebration was great!

ρομπερτ said...

What a poem of photography !

One would love to be allowed to dream spending life in that park, counting all the flowers, day by day, year by year, far and wide from here.
Please have a wonderful Tuesday.

daily athens

Tall Gary said...

Oh boy! A couple more potential Zazzle™ notecards. Totally gorgeous. Tamon-in temple looks like a good walk from, well, from anywhere. Did you bicycle there?

Kaori said...

Thanks everyone! There were so many different Peonies in the garden, it really was beautiful. If you're ever in the area, you'll want to go see :)

Tall Gary, I've gone there on my bike, but this time we took the bus from Koku Koen Station ;-)

Gunn said...

just BEAUTIFUL!

mia said...

Ooh how pretty!!! And have a happy holiday! Is that part of your 5-day (or 7-day?) week off? :) Or that's over already?

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