The moon. And higan-bana in Japanese (literally, the equinoctial flower). In my J/E dictionary, the flower is a cluster-amaryllis in English. It blooms exactly around the autumn equinox but this year, its flowering was two to three weeks later than usual due to abnormally long-lasting lingering summer heat here. Another popular Japanese name of the flower is manjushage. It is derived from imaginary ‘manjusaka’ in Sanskrit, which is said to blossom in the Heaven and soften the mind of people who watch it. The manjushage in David’s picture surely let us tender as well as the ratsnake.