日本での一年間

October 28, 2010

Red Spider Lily

Filed under: Chuugoku, Domestic, Trips — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 11:40 pm

Throughout Yamaguchi, we saw a lot of these red spider lilies, called higanbana (彼岸花) in Japanese. It is a very common flower to see in fall. The name comes from higan and hana (flower). Higan is a Buddhist holiday celebrated at both the autumnal equinox and vernal equinox. Since the flower blooms near the holiday, it borrowed the holiday’s name. It seems like this holiday is celebrated by holding services at Buddhist temples. This isn’t one of those party-in-the-streets holidays. Those holidays are part of Japan’s other religion, Shinto. Most people in Japan celebrate aspects of both religions.

Higanbana 1

The Red Spider Lily in all her glory.

HIganbana2

I find this picture to be slightly less glorious.

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