7/29/2007

Hydrangea (ajisai)

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Hydrangea (ajisai)

***** Location: Japan, other countries
***** Season: Mid-Summer
***** Category: Plant


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Explanation



© Photo Gabi Greve, July 2007


Hydrangea, hortensia, ajisai あじさい

"ball flower", temaribana 手毬花(てまりばな)
..... katashirogusa かたしろぐさ
"flower with four petals", yohira no hana 四葩の花(よひらのはな)

"embroidery flower", shishuubana 刺繍花(ししゅうばな)
... tamabana, keika 瓊花(たまばな, けいか)



"changes colors seven times", shichi henge 七変化(しちへんげ)


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"flower of the eight Chinese immortals" , hassen ka 八仙花(はっせんか)
Hassen refers to eight Chinese immortals, who were famous for their drinking capacity, and have been depicted on a wine cup (inchuu hassen 飲中八仙).

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"frame flowers" gaku no hana 額の花 (がくのはな)
die gerahmte Hortensie
"frame hydrangea" gaku ajisai 額紫陽花(がくあじさい)
..... gaku soo 額草(がくそう), gakubana 額花(がくばな)

A special type with small flowers inside and a few large ones around them, like the frame of a photo.


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Hydrangea (common name also Hortensia)
is a genus of about 70-75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (from Japan to China, the Himalaya and Indonesia) and North and South America. The flowers are extremely common in the Azores Islands of Portugal, particularly on Faial Island, which is known as the "blue island" due to the vast number of hydrangeas present on the island. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China and Japan (See: Japanese Ajisai flower).

© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

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Hydrangea Temples in Japan, Ajisai-Dera 紫陽花寺can be found all over Japan and are a pleasure to visit during the rainy season.




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Hydrangea Festivals, Ajisai Matsuri, are very popular in Japan.



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Worldwide use


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Things found on the way


Hydrangea Festival, Ajisai Matsuri 紫陽花祭り

At Takahata Fudo Temple 高幡不動尊


More LINKS about these Festivals.

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HAIKU



紫陽花や帷子時の薄浅黄
ajisai ya katabira doki no usu-asagi

these hydrangeas -
time for a linen kimono
in light blue


Written in 貞亨元年, Basho age 41.

usugi 浅黄うすき the color named usugi, asagi #edd3a1

More colors with : asagi 浅葱
source : www.colordic.org


Ajisai haiku by
. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


. katabira 帷子 かたびら unlined (linen) kimono .



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紫陽花や青にきまりし秋の雨
ajisai ya ao ni kimarishi aki no ame

Hortensias
Elle a choisi le bleu
La pluie d'automne

Masaoka Shiki


These Hydrangeas !
they are now all blue -
autumn rain


Tr. Gabi Greve

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首塚にロザリオひとつ額の花
kubizuka ni rozario hitotsu gaku no hana

on the head mound
just one rosary -
hydrangeas


Kashiwara Min-U 柏原眠雨
Head Mound Haiku


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Related words


***** tsurudemari 蔓手毱 (つるでまり) "Temari hand ball with vines"
Hydrangea petiolaris


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***** Rainy Season (tsuyu)

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. PLANTS - - - the Complete SAIJIKI .  


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

no matter how long
I stare at hydrangeas —
pure blue

Basho trans. Makoto Ueda
from
Makoto Ueda’s Matsuo Basho: The Master Haiku Poet.