Hydrangea: Seasonal Feature in June

05 Jun 2009 8:30 PM | Deleted user

 

By Kuniko Noguchi

 

A rainy season (‘Tsuyu’ in Japanese) lasts for about 40 days from early June through mid-July in Japan.  Surely, this gloomy season is not welcome to people, but there is seasonal feature which delights the eyes of people:  Hydrangea (‘Ajisai’ in Japanese).  As Japanese people enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in four seasons, they also love to see hydrangea in June.  There are many famous spots for viewing hydrangea in Tokyo and to name but a few:

 

>Hakusan Jinja (Shrine)

http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/traditional_tokyo/shrines/Hakusan+Jinja/2232

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>Rikugien (Park)

http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_08.html#rikugien

 

>Toshimaen (Amusement Park)

http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_leisure/amusement_parks/Toshimaen/1771  

                                                                                      

>Temples in Kamakura                                  

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/map/010_Kamakura.html  

 

>Ajisai Train in Hakone

http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/ajisai/ (in Japanese)

http://www.hakone.or.jp/english/alacarte/hana_hyaku09_e.html

 

新しいイメージ.JPGHakusan Jinja (Hakusan sta. on Toei Subway Mita Line) is just one stop away from Rikugien (Sengoku sta.), and so you can visit them on the same day.  Kamakura is also famous as an Ajisai viewing area, and among them, Hase-dera, Meigetsuin, and Jyoujuin are three major Ajisai temples.  The weather forecast says that the rainy season will start soon in Tokyo.  Then it’s that time of the year, when we can enjoy wet Ajisai!

 

 

 

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