Irises and the Moment

Iris-garden-in-edo

In spring irises have been appreciated in Japan for a very long time.

Their vivid color and bold beauty have inspired fashion designers and kimono makers for generations.

The picture above is of a block print by the great Utagawa (1797– 1861). The ladies indeed look like Ayame irises themselves!

Appreciating the Moment

ichi-go-ichi-eThere is a zen-inspired Japanese idiom which goes: Ichi-go, ichi-e, roughly meaning “one life, one encounter”.

It is about the significance of appreciating every single experience as a unique, singular event— living each moment as though it is a once in a lifetime chance.

Irises act as though they demand attention. They tell us “appreciate me, now” — as if they know they will leave soon.

We should heed their call.

Miyazaki Spring
Japanese Irises (Ayame) blooming in Miyazaki

Spring is in full swing in Miyazaki. Irises are in bloom, adorning the countryside and gardens with their showy displays of luscious purple colors.

There is something special about Japanese irises. They are delicate for sure, yet confident in their manner. They seem full of life, and people are out and about for leisurely walks to appreciate their presence, which alas will last no longer than about a week.

 

Yuri

Yuri

Yuri is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She has graduate degrees from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo in Japanese classical arts and Yamaguchi University in nutrition and food science. Yuri’s interests are Japanese herbal science and yoga.
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Yuri is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She has graduate degrees from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo in Japanese classical arts and Yamaguchi University in nutrition and food science. Yuri’s interests are Japanese herbal science and yoga.

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