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Monday, April 22, 2013

azalea festivals

I'm worried about the earthquake's damage in China, but the whole picture of the damage is not clear yet.

Wisterias(藤, fuji) and azaleas(躑躅, tsutsuji) are in full bloom in my town. Blossoms have bloomed earlier than usual. A nearby house has a wistaria-pergola. I smelt the scent of white wisteria as I passed by.

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Kurume Forest Azalea Park(久留米森林つつじ公園) in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Kurume Forest Azalea Park

There are 61,000 azelea trees including Kurume azalea, Hirado azalea in the park.

Kurume azalea(久留米躑躅) is a hybrid of Rhododendron obtusum and Rhododendron sataense and was developed in Kurume in the Edo period. Hirado azelea(Rhododendron × pulchrum) appears in an encyclopedia published in 1712. The park was built on the site of an ancient castle.

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Misumi Park(三隅公園) in Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture

The park has about 50,000 azalea trees including Kurume azalea, Hirado azalea.

Misumi Park



IMG_1012-7D by gtknj /flickr
 Mifuneyama Rakuen(御船山楽園) in Takeo City, Saga Prefecture

This garden was a villa of the Nabeshima family who governed Saga Domain in the Edo period. Visitors have a good view of Mount Mifune(御船山, Mifuneyama) from the garden. The garden has 5,000 cherry trees, 200,000 azalea trees, and a 170-year-old wistera. Now is the best time to view azalea blossoms.

IMG_0959-7D by gtknj /flickr

IMG_4835-5D2 by gtknj /flickr

Nezu Jinja Shrine(根津神社) in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

The azalea festival is being held from April 6 to May 6.

Rhododendron(Nezu Shrine)
Rhododendron(Nezu Shrine) by kanegen /flickr

R0010446 by t.ohashi /flickr
(Nezu Shrine)

躑躅 by ptrktn /flickr
(Nezu Shrine)

Nezu Shrine(tilt shift)
Nezu Shrine(tilt shift) by kanegen /flickr

photo by Miyagi Prefectural Tourism Division
Hiyoriyama Park(日和山公園) in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
The park was built at the ruins of Ishinomak Castle.

photo by 北海道無料写真素材集 Do Photo

Ezomurasaki azelea(蝦夷紫躑躅, Rhododendron dauricum) in Onneyu Onsen, Kitami City, Hokkaido

There is a cluster of the azlea trees. Onneyu Onsen(温根湯温泉) is a hot-spring town. It is known as a natural habitat for the azelea in Japan.  Onneyu Onsen Azalea Festival will be held from May 3 to 6. Visitors can enter the azelea community only during the festival.
It's snowing in Hokkaido today.

Daikozen-ji Temple(大興善寺) in Miyaki-gun, Saga Prefecture

The temple is famous for its azaleas.

IMG_2046 by gtknj /flickr
(Daikozen-ji Temple)

Azalea / Rhododendron / 躑躅(ツツジ)
Azalea / Rhododendron / 躑躅(ツツジ) 
by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) /flickr

 Tsutsujigaoka Park  in Tatebayashi City, Gunma Prefecture

IMG_2131 by gtknj /flickr

 katsumori Park(勝盛公園) in Izuka City, Fukkuoka Prefecture

Azalea by mrhayata /flickr

 East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Edo Period Style Garden 1
Edo Period Style Garden 1 by Me(lissa) /flickr
(East Gardens of the Imperial Palace)

Azalea ツツジ03
Azalea ツツジ03 by ajari /flickr

Hama-rikyu Gardens(浜離宮恩賜庭園)

P1020685 by dacheket /flickr

 location unknown

Azalea / Rhododendron / 躑躅(つつじ)
Azalea / Rhododendron / 躑躅(つつじ) by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) /flickr

Fukuoka City Zoological Garden(福岡市動植物園) in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Azalea / Rhododendron dilatatum / 三葉躑躅(ミツバツツジ)
Azalea / Rhododendron dilatatum / 三葉躑躅(ミツバツツジ) by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) /flickr

 Mitsuba azelea(三葉躑躅, Rhododendron dilatatum) in Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park(国営武蔵丘陵森林公園) , Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture

Azalea / Rhododendron macrosepalum f. hanaguruma / 餅躑躅(モチツツジ)「花車(はなぐるま)」
Azalea / Rhododendron macrosepalum f. hanaguruma / 餅躑躅(モチツツジ)
「花車(はなぐるま)」 by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) /flickr

 Mochi azelea(黐躑躅, Rhododendron macrosepalum) at Shimizu Park(清水公園) in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture

The park opened in 1894.

Shiofunekannon-ji Temple(塩船観音寺) in Ome City, Tokyo

According to temple legend, it is said to have been founded to enshrine a statue of the thousand-armed Kannon around 650.

塩船観音寺のツツジ (Azalea Festival in Ome)
塩船観音寺のツツジ (Azalea Festival in Ome) by cyber0515 /flickr
(Shiofunekannon-ji Temple)

Azalea by mrhayata /flickr

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden(新宿御苑), Tokyo

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Kobanomitsuba azalea, Hirota Jinja

Kobanomitsuba azalea(小葉の三葉躑躅, Rhododendron reticulatum)in Hirota Jinja Shrine(広田神社), Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture

About 20,000 azalea trees are planted in the park. The shrine was already known as a good spot for azalea-blossom viewing around 1700.

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Kurume azalea, Sunflower Park

Kurume azalea in Himawari no Oka Park(ひまわりの丘公園, Sunflower Park), Ono City, Hyogo Prefecture

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Moss phlox is also in full bloom now.

spots for viewing moss phlox:

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集

Kitano water purification plant(北野浄水場) in Kobe ity, Hyogo Prefecture

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Renge azalea

Renge azalea(蓮華躑躅, Rhododendron molle subsp. japonicum)in Uwano Highland(兎和野高原), Mikata-gun, Hyogo Prefecture

More than 10,000 renge azalea trees are indigenous to the highland. They will be in full bloom in mid- to late-May.

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Renge azalea

photo by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
Kirishima azalea

Kirishima azalea(Rhododendron × obtusum) at Ichinomiya Jinja Shrine(壱宮神社), Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture

Shisendo Azaleas
Shisendo Azaleas by john weiss /flickr

Shisen-do(詩仙堂) in Kyoto 

azalea carpet
azalea carpet by mokomoko663 /flickr

 location unknown

satsuki by istolethetv /flickr
Satsuki azalea

Satsuki azalea(皐月, Rhododendron indicum
 blooms from mid May to mid June.

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