The month of June comes as the rainy season in Japan. They call it tsuyu. It happens as a transition between the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Everyone is expecting for long rainy days, although this year, rain has been noticeably scarce – must have been because of the drastic change of climate. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure, people looked forward to the bloom of this season’s main star! – the Hydrangea Flower (or more popularly known as the Ajisai).
Hydrangea flowers grow almost everywhere in the country. More so that some places celebrate the flower’s very own festival (Ajisai Matsuri) – and that’s where I am taking you today!
Found in the south part of Izu peninsula facing the rich Pacific Ocean is the city called Shimoda. This town holds a very interesting history. Back in 1850`s , an American named Commodore Mathew Perry played a significant role in opening trade and international relation between Japan and the west. Fast forward to the present, this place is now home for abundant sea food products, large sea ports, pristine beaches and an incredibly stunning Hydrangea garden.
The word garden could even be an understatement. It’s practically an entire hill covered with Hydrangea flowers! From a far distant, they appeared to be like color coated cotton candies cascading down the bushes.
It’s a sight to behold. The path to the top will make you feel like walking on a fabulous garden wedding aisle, while the flowers formed into a bundle that is almost identical to an expensive bouquet.
These over 3 million Ajisai shaped in the most unique form of petals and arrayed in the most exquisite palette of colors. Now I’m no Hydrangea flower expert to tell you every single types of them but it is true that they are one of nature’s wondrous masterpiece.
The panoramic view of the town from above is as equally marvelous as those rain flowers. Everything you see blended so well with one another including the blue pacific and the neighboring mountains.
Seeing the rain flowers of Japan made me think that it’s not so true that whenever rain falls, everything just gets wet or washes out. Others, in a very surprising way, actually blooms and dances with it.