I have written about Ueno Park already a while ago. But this is the time of year when it’s definitely worth returning. The Lotus bloom should not be missed. The big single blossoms that grow from this sea of green leaves are extraordinary. Already the Lotus bud is of great beauty with its simple, elegant shape. The open flower with the delicate pink petals and the yellow interior is more dashing and impressive in a different way. It is thus no surprise that whether early morning or around sunset, the lotus pond always attracts admirers. It is especially popular with photographers which show up with very impressive equipment (imagine me hiding in shame behind a Lotus leaf with my 125 mm lens).
Culturally, the lotus signifies purity and is important in Buddhism. After all, Buddha habitually sits on Lotus flowers (and looking at the interior of the Lotus blossom, this is not even as uncomfortable as one might have imagined, given that there is a little stool to sit on ;-)).
Most plant parts of the Lotus, nelumbo nucifera, are edible, and apart from the lotus roots which are a regular food staple here, the seeds are used for sweets, and the stamen are used in China to scent tea leaves.
While in winter, the leaves die back almost completely, in this season, the entire pond looks like a floating jungle. To me, apart from the stunning flowers, this is the most striking thing about the pond.
The Lotus Pond
August 26, 2009 by sevenbrane