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The Lotus of “WALLEN” in the Domestic Northern Area. 北限の蓮 和蓮(われん)

K.Yamauchi
青森県平川市にある猿賀神社境内にある鏡ヶ池には、今、蓮の花が咲いている。学名は蓮科の『和蓮』(われん)と呼ばれている。
自生しているものとしては、日本の北限といわれている。7月中旬から咲き始め、9月上旬まで次々とピンクの花を咲かせる。
蓮は、7月の誕生花であり、俳句の夏の季語でもある。和蓮は、日の出と共に咲き、昼頃になると段々と閉じてくる。
A lotus flower is now blooming in the Kagami-ga-ike pond in Saruga Shrine premises in Hirakawa city, Aomori Prefecture.
The scientific name is “WALLEN”
It is a kind of lotus and is called “WALLEN” in Japan.It is said that it is the northernmost of Japan as a colony of native lotus.
Begin to bloom from the mid July, pink flowers are bloom one after the other until early September.
Lotus is one of the birth flowers in July also a season word in haiku
referring to summer.
“WALLEN” blooms with the sunrise and gradually closes at around noon.



蓮は、インド原産のハス科多年性水生植物。お釈迦様が誕生したインドでは「聖者の花」といわれ、昔から仏教と深く結びつき大切にされてきたという。泥水の中から美しい花を咲かせる蓮は、清らかさの象徴、または仏の「悟り」の象徴なのだそうだ。鏡ヶ池に和蓮が自生した時期は、分からないという。
やはり、神秘的な花だ。
Lotus is a perennial aquatic plants of Lotus family originated in India. In India where the Buddha was born, it is said that it is “a flower of the saint”, and has been deeply tied to Buddhism since ancient times and cherished.
The lotus that makes beautiful flowers from muddy water is a symbol of purity or Buddha’s “enlightenment”.Nobody knows when “WAREN”has started to germinate in the Kagami-ga-ike pond.
Truly, it is a mysterious flower.

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