It's that time of the year again! 😍
kinchakuda (巾着田) is located in hidaka city, saitama prefecture. during mid to late september the beautiful higanbana flowers are at it's peak. during it's peak, the fields are filled with a sea of red flowers, creating an unreal scenery.
Japanese often say “no heat or cold lasts beyond higan.” higan is a week around spring and autumnal equinox, when lingering summer and wintry gloom would finally be over.
“higan” is a buddhist term that originates from the sanskrit word “param” or “supreme.” higan literally means “the other side of the river,” the river that divides the living and the dead. japanese believed that the departed souls would cross the river of earthly afflictions to enter higan, the world of enlightenment.
spider lilies are called higan-bana(flower) in japanese, for they bloom at the time of the autumnal equinox. they are often found around cemeteries, for their poisonous bulbs keep pests and rodents away from the buried bodies.
at the time of higan, when japanese worship their ancestors, these flowers blossom as if to protect and commemorate those who have passed away. ・