Ajisai [紫陽花(アジサイ)]

June is the season of Ajisai[紫陽花(アジサイ)](Hydrangea) flowers in Japan.

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Ajisai


Ajisai is divided into two types. They are "Gaku-ajisai[ガクアジサイ](Hydrangea macrophylla)" and "Hon-ajisai[ホンアジサイ]" or simply called "Ajisai".

Hon-ajisai is a common Ajisai which has hemispherical flowers. It is the most popular Ajisai. Actually, the hemispherical part of Hon-Ajisai is not flowers but the developed calyx. There are real flowers in the center of each calyx. Many kinds of Hon-Ajisai were created in the world and have spread over the world.

The origin of Hon-ajisai is unclear. One theory says that Hon-ajisai was made from Gaku-ajisai. But another theory says that Gaku-ajisai is a wild species lives in Japan.

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Upper: Hon-ajisai    Below: flower of Hon-ajisai



Gaku-ajisai is native to Japan. Gaku-ajisai does not have hemispherical calyx like Hon-ajisai. It has small flowers around flowery calyx. Its popularity has grown in recent years because of its unique figure.

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Gaku-ajisai


In general, the colors of Ajisai change by each soil. It becomes blue in the acidic soil and red in the alkaline soil. Ajisai is beautiful but a poisonous plant.





There are Ajisai spots all over Japan. Around Tokyo, Kamakura[鎌倉(かまくら)] City(Kanagawa Prefecutre) has many Ajisai spots Especially, Meigetsu-in[明月院(めいげついん)] is famous as a temple of Ajisai.

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Meigetsu-in


Kamakura Visitor's Guide http://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/en/


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Hondo-ji Temple[本土寺(ほんどじ)] at Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture





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