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Wisteria

Hi blog. We are fully into May, with the spring growth changing from light to dark green, and the tea harvest underway. I have mentioned “May sickness” (Gogatsubyo) previously, and I think that this year I’m suffering from it! I … Continue reading

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Takao – a hill by any other name

Mt. Takao is a popular hiking retreat for urbanites – within one hour of central Tokyo, several routes, including one paved all the way (perfect for those elderly types who buy all the essential hiking gear which never seems to … Continue reading

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The Other Flowers

April is upon us – the beginning of a new financial and academic year, and for me, a change of schools. Entrance ceremony is on April 8th this year, but the early arrival of the cherry blossoms and the amount … Continue reading

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Dust storms and Magnolias

I apologise for my lack of blogging activity recently.  The end of term tests being held essentially mid-term, graduation ceremony preparation, preparing for a karate grading (which I failed miserably…), getting ready to change schools, and various other factors have … Continue reading

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Jekyll and Hydrangea

Well, the Bureau of Meteorology officially declared the rainy season as having started on June 9th for Eastern Japan.  We had a cool (under 20℃) and persistent rain for the whole day, and it looks like lots of humid weather, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to be Sneezy

Spring continues to advance – days with double-digit maximums are the norm (although northerly winds and single-digit days persist), small vegetable patches that looked decayed and lifeless just a few weeks ago have been hoed and are now full of … Continue reading

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Camellias – Everyone’s Cup of Tea?

Winter is upon us, and days with single-digit maximums are not rare.  On a sunny day, outside temperatures may reach twelve or thirteen degrees, making walks during the sunny period not unpleasant at all – assuming that there is no … Continue reading

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What’s the story, morning glory?

The morning glory (Ipomoea nil), is one of the most successful of garden plants in Japan.  Its local name is asagao (朝顔), literally “morning face”, but is another import from China.  It may have been introduced for its medicinal properties … Continue reading

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I see red, I see red, I see red

Walking along the Azama river at this time of year, one can see patches of these attractive flowers. The red spider lily (higanbana or manjushage) is possibly THE seasonal flower.  Thousands of people flock to Kinchakuda in nearby Hidaka City … Continue reading

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