Japan. Lotus blossoms in Kamakura.

Lotus, blossoms, Kamakura, Japan,
Lotus blossoms in Kamakura.


by Francis Brinkley.

“If thou be born in a poor man’s hovel but have wisdom, then shalt thou be like the lotus flower growing out of the mud.” – Japanese Proverb.

In the decorative art of India the lotus flower is used especially as a support to the figure of a divinity or deified personage. Similar representations in Chinese and Japanese art seem to be derived directly from India, and thus the lotus is associated with the religion of Buddha.

lotus, pond, Kamakura, Japan, Captain Francis Brinkley,
Lotus pond at Kamakura, Japan.

Source: JAPAN. Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Written by Eminent Japanese Authorities and Scholars. Edited by Captain F. Brinkley (1841 – 1912) of Tokyo Japan. With an Essay on Japanese Art by Kakuzo Okakura (1860 – 1929) Director of the Imperial Art School at Tokyo Japan. 1897.

red, sun, Japan, Mon, Nisshōki, Hinomaru

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