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Hydrangea – Ajisai – At Shinagawa Shrine

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on June 9, 2015

It is not often the Shinagawa Shrine looks this picture perfect – not only is it spruced up for the big annual festival or matsuri, it is also full of flowers in bloom right now, not least the giant and very colorful hydrangea (or Ajisai, 紫陽花). These large flowers are one of the most beloved flowers in Japan and the semi-official symbol of summer (in the same way that the cherry blossom flowers signals spring). Hydrangea is a species with a vast number of different flowers, some as small bushes, other as tall as trees. The flowers can be as small as your fist or larger than your head. The ajisai blooms as summer starts, but it is not the only flower at the shrine, there were even a few potted water lilies. More photos of the shrine and the festival to come!














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  1. Junko said, on June 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Ajisai is my husband’s favorite flower in Japan! Blue clear sky! I heard tsuyu has just started.


    • tokyobling said, on June 10, 2015 at 3:16 am

      Yes, it has been raining on and off for the last couple of days, not bad at all though. Ajisai! Now there is a clue for this summer’s garden project then! (^-^)


  2. Mustang.Koji said, on June 9, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    My ex-wife’s favorite, too! D’oh! LOL Beautiful floral photos.


  3. gina amos said, on June 10, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I love hydrangeas!! The photos brightened my day.


  4. rudyhou said, on June 26, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    that last pic of a pinkish flower, is that lotus? that’s very nice. the large leaves look like lotus leaves.


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