Sunday, October 02, 2005

 

Higanbana

It's that time of year in Japan when higanbana, eerie red lilies are seen blooming in the wild. They are called higanbana because of their tendency to bloom during the Autumn ohigan, which is the Buddhist term for the seven day period that coincides with the Spring and Autumn equinox. During ohigan, people travel home to visit their ancestors' graves, and to go to the temple.



However, because the higanbana always bloom during ohigan, they tend to give many Japanese people the willies.

A tip; don't pick a bouquet for your Japanese sweetie. Not going to go over so well.

Comments:
This flower is also poisonous. If you touch them you better wash your hand with soap and running water. One can see them from the train window, for they grow along the ricefield path. The contrast with the harvested rice-field and this flower is the unforgettable sight in the fall. So it is advisable to leave them where you see.
 
This flower is also poisonous. If you touch them you better wash your hand with soap and running water. One can see them from the train window, for they grow along the ricefield path. The contrast with the harvested rice-field and this flower is the unforgettable sight in the fall. So it is advisable to leave them where you see.
 
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