Pink Lotus Flower in Japanese Buddhist Water Garden: Japan Photo of the Month (October 2011)

This month’s photo of the month comes from Kurashiki, after a day trip there during this year’s summer holidays in Japan. In the historic town of Kurashiki is a protected historic area, full of unique buildings and temples. This photo is of a pink Japanese lotus flower. In Japanese it is called hasu (kanji = 蓮 and hiragana = はす). The flower is in a water garden of a buddhist temple.

Pink Lotus in a Japanese Buddhist Water Garden

An icon of buddhism, Shinto Buddhism is widely practiced in Japan.

If you’re travelling near Okayama then Kurashiki is a great place for a day trip. There are many historic buildings, many with white walls, which Kurashiki is famous for.

In my series of posts from my summer traveling Japan, a detailed post on Kurashiki is next on the list (edit: here’s the article – explore the historic Japanese city of Kurashiki). I’ve been really slow in posting these articles, as lots of time has been spent launching a website with a guide to creating websites.

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  1. Japan Australia

    A beautiful picture! Kurashiki is one of the best places to take a stroll in all of Japan. It has the famous Bikan Historical area, with its canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi. There is also the famous Kurashiki Ivy Square, an entertainment area made up of brick buildings covered in beautiful ivy. The complex includes museums, restaurants and an excellent hotel. Did you have the chance to check it out?

    • Yeah the Kurashiki Ivy Square is hard to miss. The Bikan area is really small and it is a stand out building. At the time there was an art exhibition happening in the square.

  2. Nice photo! Big fan of lotus blossoms! Will definitely have to check this place out!

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