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Sky blue carpet of Baby blue eyes

I enjoyed two-hour drive for watching sky blue carpet by Nemophila or Baby blue eyes in Hitachi Seaside park. Many flowers bloom earlier than usual year in this year but differences from normal year look depend on each species or varieties, so it is hard to find best timing of them.

I visited there me avoiding the overclouded park but it seemed a little bit earlier than the best for watching, however this weekend can be the best time if we have good weather and warm days in couple days.

Contrast of yellow of rape seed follower and sky blue is also very attractive and beautiful.

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Cherry, Five story pagoda and Mountain Fuji

I visited popular viewing spot cherry and a Chreito Pagoda (Cenotaph monument) in Mt. Arakura Sengen park in Fujiyoshida city.

I enjoyed special view of the pagoda and Mt. Fuji in a shower of cherry blossom. Although I was not able to watch whole figure of Mt. Fuji and it was difficult to take a good phot of cherry shower, I enjoyed beautiful spring scene.

And I moved to Kofu basin for searching another iconic spring view, earthly paradise or spreading peach blossom spring.

And then I relaxed in a hot spring with panorama view of Kofu basin and Mt. Fuji. 

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Tama forest science garden in Takao Mt.

I visited Tama forest science garden belong to Forestry agency where has been closed by damage of a typhoon 1 year and half ago and COVID19. Now it is reopened and I enjoyed many varieties of cherries in mountain foot of Mt. Takao. Cherry in mountain has different attractive character than cherry in downtown.

We can watch from upper side of mountain on of tree and can find other face of charry. Please enjoy many pictures of cherry including some unique varieties.

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Shinjuku gyoen cherry report 2

I have visited to the Shinjuku-gyoen for checking cherry blooming, again.

Comparing to the last week, it is starting blooming mid- to late-glooming varieties while still Somei-yoshino keeping their flowers, so I can enjoy various colors and shape like purplish scarlet “Cyosyu-hizakura, to green yellow Ukon.

And simple petal’s Smei-yoshino and Ichiyo and Fugenzo are their green small leaflet in the flowers.   

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Shinjuku Gyoen Cherry report

Just after lift-off COVID emergency declaration, I visited Shinjuku Gyoen garden. In the garden I enjoyed varieties of scene of cherry blossom as well as many kinds of cherry varieties.

Somei Yoshino, the most popular variety, was 50%-70% blossom and will be soon full blooming. Earlier blooming variety, like Yoko or Edo higan (weeping) have already past best time.

We can enjoy many interesting varieties collected from all over the Japan. Late blooming, double petal varieties like Ichiyo or Kanzan will be good time one or two weeks, I am looking forward to watching again.

It is still restriction like only booked visitors or with annual pass can enter the garden even after reopening, so many visitors were crowded and confused. I cannot understand such restriction since not so many visitors inside the park or no meaning of closing such open space. I am a little bit worried about confusion in the weekend.

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Frost flower of Shimobashira, Keiskea japonia

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Frost flower is blooming from stems of Keiskea japonia, which belongs to sage family. Keiskea japonia blooms cluster of white flowers in autumn, turn into winter, live roots supply to stems and thin layers of ice are extruded fromstems in cold early morning.

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華
Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華
Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華
Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

The plant is loved by Showa Emperor, who was also a botanist.

This flower is an endemic species of Japan and named by famous Japanese botanist Prof. Keisuke Ito.

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First visit to my guardian shrine and Meiji shrine

Meiji shrine and my guardian shrine (1 January 2021)

Tokyo has a gentle and calm New year’s day.

Attracted by Japanese apricot’s fragrance, I visited my guidian’s shrine first.

I always enjoy this early blooming red double Japanese apricot.

It seemed fewer visitors than usual year.

Then I went to Meiji shrine where much fewer than usual year. I passed the first Torii gate very smoothly.

Very fewer people on the approaching way than the last year.

Walking speed became slower after south god’d gate, but much much smoother than average year!

There were not so much people at Shibuya scramble crossing.

I wish this year become much better year than last one.

Please click here to know the Meiji shrine more, here.

 

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Winter scene of Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (25 December 2020)

I heard bad news that almost all metropolitan garden or park including Koishigawa koranken garden would be suddenly closed from 26 December to January 11 2021 because of rapid spread of COVID19 in these days.

Good combination of Japanese and Chinese style of Garden in late autumn and winter was there.

And I watched newly reconstructed Karamon gate (Chinese style gate) from Naitei (Inner garden).

I found early blooming pale pink Japanese apricot blossoms on branches.

Kadomatsu, new year’s bamboo decoration on the gate looks a little bit loneliness.

I was wondering to enjoy many gardens on this holiday season, so I was so shocked by this news.

If you want to know about Koishigawa koranken garden more, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven herbs of autumn (Akino nana kusa)

Seven herbs of autumn (18 September 2020)

I visited Mukojima hyakaen, literally “hundred flower garden” established in Edo era by rich merchant, admiring beaty of seven herbs of autumn.

Seven herbs of autumn were selected in Manyosyu by ancient poet Yamanoueno Okura lived in 7th century in these poems, “Aki-no No-ni Sakitaru Hana-wo Oyobiori Kakikazoureba Nanakusa-no Hana, Meaning: When I count on my fingers for blooming flowers in the autumn fields, I find there are seven.”“Hagi-no Hana Obana Kuzuhana Nadeshiko-no Hana Ominaeshi Mata Fujihakama Asagao-no Hana, Meaning: Bush clover, Susuki grass or Japanese panpas grass, Kudzu or Japanese arrowroot, Fringed pink or pink dianthus, Patrinia, Thoroughwort and Balloon flower”.

After selection, these flowers have been loved by Japanese people long time.

Thunberg’s bushclover (Lespedeza thunbergia) is the most popular bush clover which has soft branches with many large flowers on them.

Lespedeza thunbergii/ Thunberg’s bushclover/ ミヤギノハギ

Lespedeza thunbergii/ Thunberg’s bushclover/ ミヤギノハギ

Susuki grass or Japanese pampas grass is indispensable to mid-autumn moon viewing. But this flower is soberer than other seven flowers. It looks a little bit weird in night field, like poem said that the ghost, when examined closely is withered silver grass.

Miscanthus sinensis/ Chinese silver grass/ ススキ

Miscanthus sinensis/ Chinese silver grass/ ススキ

Kudzu flower has been loved and roots eaten from ancient time in Japan but hated in USA as a noxious weeds.

Pueraria lobata/ Kudzu/ クズ

Pueraria lobata/ Kudzu/ クズ

Fringed pink or pink dianthus, this is a kind of dianthus and has five deeply cut fringed pink petals this sometimes resembled graceful Japanese lady. The flower cannot be found this time and this picture taken in Shinjyuku gyoen garden in June.

Dianthus superbus/ Fringed pink/ カワラナデシコ

Dianthus superbus/ Fringed pink/ カワラナデシコ

Patrinia, It has thin, erect stems with few leaves and bearing a terminal attractive inflorescence with yellow or white small flowers.

Patrinia scabiosifolia/ Patrinia/ オミナエシ

Patrinia scabiosifolia/ Patrinia/ オミナエシ

Thoroughwort, The shallow lavender color flowers are collected together into heads that are densely corymbose, the inflorescence are usually 3 to 6 cm wide.When the flowers dried up, it has weak but good smell.

Eupatorium japonicum/ Thoroughwort/ フジバカバ

Eupatorium japonicum/ Thoroughwort/ フジバカバ

Ballon flower or Japanese bell flower, The plants has blue flowers in late summer, with five petals are fused together into a bell shape. Though blue flowers are common, but there are varieties with white, pink, and purple blooms. The flower bud is like a balloon before fully opening. The flower usually has 5 petals but occasionally 6 or 4 petal’s flowers can be found.

Platycodon grandiflorus/ Balloon flower キキョウ

Platycodon grandiflorus/ Balloon flower キキョウ

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Strolling Higashiyama, Kyoto

Higashiyama Sannei and Ninen slope (10 September 2020)

Onde of the most popular and typical Kyoto scene alleys, Higashiyama, from Kiyomizu to Yasha shrine. I was strolling through empty sunset streets, Sannei slope and Ninen slope.

人通りの途絶えた夕暮れの産寧坂、二年坂、以前は多くの人でにぎわいましたが、コロナ禍で寂しい夕暮れです。Empty sun-set streets, Sannei slope and Ninen slope, they used be very popular and crowded alleys even after sunset.

人通りの途絶えた夕暮れの産寧坂、二年坂、以前は多くの人でにぎわいましたが、コロナ禍で寂しい夕暮れです。Empty sun-set streets, Sannei slope and Ninen slope, they used be very popular and crowded alleys even after sunset.

人通りの途絶えた夕暮れの産寧坂、二年坂、以前は多くの人でにぎわいましたが、コロナ禍で寂しい夕暮れです。Empty sun-set streets, Sannei slope and Ninen slope, they used be very popular and crowded alleys even after sunset.

This area is usually very popular even after sunset, but currently very quiet because of new coronavirus.