A white lotus growing in the ponds of Hachimangu has been featured for years at the top of our website. This year lotus season has been windy, making finding such an elegantly shaped specimen quite tricky. This relatively sheltered pink lotus is one of many growing in large pots at Kenchoji, Kamakura. The gate in the background is a particularly good one and has been designated an "Important Cultural Property".
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