Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

Hydrangea spotting in Kobe

Photograph of a striking blue hydrangea flower head

I went nature spotting at the Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden. It's not the catchiest of names, but it doesn't disappoint.

Japan has distinct seasons. In times of old, a Japanese season lasted about a fortnight, and it isn't hard to see why. Sakura lasts about that long. Autumn koyo, roses, sunflowers, the list goes on.

And it's the same for hydrangea.

My first visit to the Botanical Gardens, six or so years ago, was also during the hydrangea season, which is how it earned its nickname. In our house it doesn't matter what time of year it is, we know where "Hydrangea Park" is.

In all, I must have made half a dozen visits at different times of year. With the constant shifting of the seasons and seemingly endless paths to explore, I doubt if I've experienced a tenth of what it has to offer.

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