This time of year reminds me of something I learned from Rurosha when I first started reading her blog. At least I think I started to read her blog about a year ago. I learned about wisterias, a beautiful vine with beautiful purple flowers. I learned about the famous wisterias at a shrine near my place, Kameido Tenjin. They have beautiful trellises with wisterias on them. Recently I went for a walk in Oyokogawa Park and saw something that I hadn’t noticed in the 3 years that I have lived in Kinshicho. I noticed a building with wisteria, but I’m not a botanist, so I could be completely wrong, and the building was full of wisteria. I always knew it was a beautiful building with lovely vines growing up the side of the building, but since I rarely walk in the park during the day, it was the first time I really noticed it. I couldn’t help but think of Rurosha’s post “In praise of wisteria and older men” where I first learned about wisteria. Unfortunately, I also think of “Desperate Housewives” and where they live, but that is completely off topic here. Do note that I don’t watch Desperate Housewives. It is that time of year so if you are in Japan and are having sakura withdraws consider looking for some wisteria as they are just as interesting and probably highly underrated in Japan. When that is done, we have hydrangeas to look forward to. Thanks Ru, and to a secondary extent, Sarah for the interest in flowers and what their names and blooming times are.
1) Wow! Quadruple wow. I’ve never seen a wisteria covering a building like that! Good hunting, Dru!
2) Your post sent me Googling, and it looks as if Tokyo’s famous wisteria (the ancient, massive, awesome ones) are all in full bloom right now. I’d really like to go to Ushijima (http://www.ushijimanofuji.co.jp/), but my only chance will be this coming Monday, and when I think of the public holiday crowds … ouch! (>_<)
3) It's been a year? We've been swapping jokes and insults for a year? 😀
4) The suffering shufu live in a house like that?! Do tell more! I've heard of that show, but I've never watched it. Not exactly my demographics, is it? :p
My first read at Ru’s blog was about some irises, I think.
She talked about flowers back then, more than temples.
Love the building covered up by wisteria. Though can’t help to think there’ll be bugs issue? 😉
I guess Ru has changed from the flower bug to the temple adventurer. I hear Indiana Jones music suddenly. 🙂
I don’t even want to think about the bugs, but who knows. Maybe it keeps the good ones only.
I still write about flowers! I wrote about azaleas this week! Hmph.
It’s tricky to catch the flowers at their best when you’re as busy as I’ve been, and I point-blank refuse to cope with public holiday crowds.
Indiana Jones is my hero.
I have to go to work now. Blah. Will be back later to defend myself against your flower accusations. 😀
PS: I wrote about cherry blossoms, too, this year! Boo!
It used to be just flowers back then.
Now it’s flowers and the whole chapter of history lesson thrown in too. LOL
It wasn’t just flowers! It was … it was …
It was? Oh.
Anyway you left out something. Now it’s flowers and history lessons and “rants about obaasan”. 😀
Don’t forget the fun comments and barbs between all of us. 😉
1. It is in my favourite park, well Sox’s favourite park.
2. I’ll have to check it out someday. Probably not this year either. No chance I’d go during Golden Week.
3. Yup. 1 year, I think. Unless I have mistaken things. Feels like it’s been longer (in a good way of course).
4. Nope. Not unless you liked Melrose Place. I heard it is basically Melrose Place for adults with families. Also with a few jokes thrown in.
During Golden Week, I hide in the fortress of my own home. Though you two have insulted my passion for flowers so much that I’m now determined to go flower-hunting over Golden Week. Hmph.
Melrose Place? Isn’t that really old? I think I saw the first series in the early 90s, but I was never much of a TV viewer or sitcom/drama fan.
I think I met you via fairy godmother ^^ Lina’s blog. Here’s to one year of blogging, commenting, learning lots of new things from you (and Lina) and grinning at Sox’s (and Raimie’s) photos! Kanpai!
😀 Have a fun romp. I’ll be at home cleaning. Guests coming at the mid-end of the May, so gotta do the spring cleaning.
Melrose? Yeah, very old. It wasn’t a sitcom. Full on evening soap opera. Never really watched it though.
Me too. I met you via our godmother Lina. I’ll drink to that, but no sake for me. Saving it for when my friend comes. Got a good bottle ready to go. Kanpai!
PS: Sox will get your sake. 😉 j/k
After being called “auntie” by a guy in his 20s this morning, being called a godmother somehow isn’t not thrilling for me. 😛
I was thinking more of the Godmother, similar to the Godfather. Powerful aren’t you? 🙂