Even after two years of living in Japan, it still amazes me how we casually move from one beautiful flower season to the next.
Just a few weeks ago, the streets were lined with pink azaleas and before that, colourful tulips were out in a beautiful display at Yokohama Park.
I didn’t realise until this year that there are many temples, parks and public spaces dedicated to hydrangea that draw in locals and tourists every year to see them at the start of the hot rainy season.
I also hadn’t realised until this year quite how many different types and colours there were of hydrangea in Japan!
The sheer abundance and diversity makes people stop on the streets and in the Japanese parks and gardens to stop and marvel at yet another beautiful hydrangea.
While last year we were rushing back to Europe at the start of our summer holiday in mid-June, this year as we are not allowed to leave Japan, we are taking our time exploring every corner of Yokohama, Tokyo, Kamakura and other nearby places.
Two wonderful places we recently visited with the intention of taking photos of hydrangea were the Kita-Kamakura Old Private House Museum and the Yokohama English Garden, as both places feature exceptional displays.
Especially along the temples in Kamakura, but also on many streets in Tokyo and Yokohama, there are gorgeous hydrangea to see. So even if you don’t make it to a garden, you will see them everywhere in Japan.
I definitely had fun taking my camera out for the first time in a long time and play around with different settings and angles to capture the hydrangea in different ways.
Looking forward to the next flower season in Japan!
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