Tuesday, 22nd April 2014
In General Japan News,
Wisterias bloom in Tokyo
The cherry blossoms may be over for another year, but the Japanese fascination with blooming flowers can still be witnessed by those in Tokyo during late April and early May, when the wisteria trellises at Kameido Tenjin shrine burst into life.
Attracting hundreds of people wishing to gaze upon their beauty, the legendary flowers were first planted during the Edo period, and they are referenced in many historical documents, poems and stories.
More recently, they have become the subject of many ukiyoe colour prints and other works of art, although there is nothing like seeing them yourself in person.
Our advice is to visit the shrine after dark, during which the flowers are dramatically lit from a number of angles that make them particularly exciting to photograph.
If you're anxious to visit, go between April 25th and May 5th. It's easy to access the Kameido Tenjin shrine via the north exit of Kameido Station, which is on the Sobu and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon lines.
Written by Mark Smith