05.21.2019

Rainy Skies and Bright Hydrangeas

The annual Ajisai Matsuri showcases the attraction of Japanese hydrangeas at Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyō Ward, Tokyo

  • Rainy Skies and Bright Hydrangeas
  • Rainy Skies and Bright Hydrangeas
  • Rainy Skies and Bright Hydrangeas
  • Rainy Skies and Bright Hydrangeas

In June, when the rainy season begins, the gloomy days are enlivened by the sight of the bright hydrangeas. The bigleaf hydrangea, or Hydrangea macrophylla, is a flowering plant native to Japan, known locally as ajisaior hama-ajisai, “beach hydrangea”, since it is commonly found in coastal areas.
 
The bigleaf hydrangea yields a corymb, that is a cluster of six to nine flowers. They tend to be blue when growing on acidic soils and red on alkaline soils. The slightly acidic soils of Japan yield blue flowers, whereas red hydrangeas are more commonly found in Europe.
 
As one of the five major flower festivals of Bunkyō Ward, the annual Ajisai Matsuri wreathes the sacred grounds of Hakusan Shrine with as many as 3,000 hydrangeas. This 2019 Hydrangea Festival will be held from 8th (Saturday) to 16th June (Sunday). During this time, the small hill behind the shrine, shaped as Mount Fuji and called Fuji-zuka, will be in full bloom. Only during the period of the festival, visitors will be able to climb the hill and take a leisurely walk among the hydrangea shrubs, from 9 am to 6 pm. It is quite a popular event, and you may find a little bit of a crowd there. Notwithstanding, the vivid sight of the hydrangeas will make the wait worthwhile.
 

Author : Slowear Journal

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