今日行ったお寺の境内には、白い椿も咲いていました。日本の椿はヤブツバキという椿が母体で、いろいろと品種改良されたものがあるようです。椿の英名は camellia ですが、ヤブツバキは特に common camellia と呼ばれ、学名は Camellia japonica と言うそうです。白い椿を見ると、子供の頃に見た日本昔話「夢を買う (佐渡の白椿)」って話を思い出します。旅の商人が絵描きの夢（白い椿の根元に小判が埋まっている）を買って、白い椿の下を掘ると本当に小判が出て来た話です。今でも白い椿を見ると小判が埋まってそうな気がしてしまいます。
I saw flowers of white camellia in the garden of the temple too. Almost all camellia in Japan is common camellia. Its scientific name is Camellia japonica. White one is relatively rare (red one is more common). When I see white camellia, it reminds me a Japanese old tale, "A man who bought a dream", which I heard when I was a kid. The story is ... "A merchant met an artist. The artist dreamt a strange dream that he found a white camellia, which was probably very very rare at that time. He dug under the camellia and found gold in his dream. The merchant bought his dream, found a white camellia, dug and got gold." I'm still imagining gold under white camellia ;-)
Happy New Year!!! Today, I went to a temple close to my house. In a garden of the temple, flowers of sasanqua were blooming. Sasanqua is a Japanese name, but since it is native to Japan, English name is also sasanqua. Scientific name of this plant is Camellia sasanqua. As you imagine, camellia and sasanqua are closely related. We can distinguish the flowers of these two plants by the way of petals falling. Petals of sasanqua fall one by one, on the other hand, all petals of camellia fall simultaneously from its calyx. Sasanqua also distributes in Taiwan, China, and Indonesia. Flowers of sasanqua is eye-catching in winter and please our eyes.