I headed out to Ashikaga Flower park last Thursday, to see the Wisteria as I had heard they were a magnificent sight. Wisteria, called Fuji in Japan, hold a special place in the Japanese hearts after the Sakura. They are an indigenous species to Japan and have featured in a large variety of art, including poetry.
The park lived up to its name, it is filled with flowers. Tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons, cherry blossoms, Dicentra (bleeding hearts), and of course wisteria.
Unfortunately I was too early in the season to view the magnificent purples, some of which are over 150 years old, but I did get to enjoy the pale pink bridge, which was blooming.
Walking under the pinks, I was assaulted by the powerful aroma the flowers give off and clearly the insects were loving it too.
I can only imagine how magnificent the trellises of purples , or the White Wisteria Falls or tunnel are going to be.
During Golden Week, which is when I think they will be at their best, I can only guess how busy the park will be, as it will inundated with visitors .
There were umbrellas and chairs all round the park, so there was plenty of opportunity to sit add enjoy the sights and scents, while classical music played in the background.
Despite the coconphany of tourists, it was a relaxing visit.
I might even return in a few weeks when the roses are in bloom…
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I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve been there.