cherry blossom forecast: (Japanese version only) version only) (Japanese version only)  

when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Roses are in full bloom.
It takes a lot of trouble with growing roses in the hot and humid climate of Japan. Rose fanciers have to use chemicals to control disease and pest about one to four times a month from spring to fall.

some autochthonous roses in Japan are wild ancestors of garden species in Europe.
In Japan, Koushin-bara(庚申薔薇:China rose, Monthly rose) or
Mokkou-bara(木香茨、木香薔薇: banksia rose), which are native plant species, were grown as an ornamental plant in the Edo period.
After the Meiji period, European garden species became popular among Japanese people.

Neighborhood house surrounded by roses. It's not easy to get roses this far in Japan.

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