Ajisai – hydrangea in English- a tsuyu season bloomer. These beauties are in my garden.
It’s the beginning of tsuyu or the rainy season in Japan. It is said that Japan actually has five seasons- spring, tsuyu, summer, autumn and winter. After having lived here now for over five years I’d say this is true.
I have come to love this season. To be honest at first I did not appreciate it very much but then I began to notice it as a separate season filled with beauty, wonder and even a bit of excitement.
Tsuyu, when the rains transform the Japanese countryside into brilliant green. The ajisai bloom and their gorgeous blossoms of bright blues, pinks, white and purple seem to glow in the misty woodlands. Plump bushes burst over stone walls, beside ancient farm houses and line fairy tale like river beds.
I saw today that the farmers have prepared the rice fields. They are plowed and flooded and ready for planting. How I love walking through the little lanes that connect the fields at this time of the year- a thousand croaking frogs sing to me!
Soon the fireflies will be here and that’s the magical time that I just treasure! Hundreds and hundreds of them floating over gurgling streams and rice paddies in the misty evenings. They only live about 7-10 days so we truly appreciate the time of their visitation.
In the mornings I look out toward the mountain hidden by tsuyu mists and I savor …..knowing that in a few short weeks we will be deep in the sweltering Japan summer.