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At the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine in Kamakura, there are large lotus plants growing in the ponds.
It wasn’t until I lived in Japan that I understood the complete lifecycle of the lotus plant. Before I lived in Japan, I would have referred to these plants as lily pads. Clearly, they aren’t. Because a lily pad leaf sits on the water and the lotus plant leaves rise above the water.