Hydrangea - The summer flower


Japan is famous for its sakura-flowered spring and colorful autumn leaves, but summer isn't left out either. In the early summer in the rainy season Japan is full of hydrangeas.

In Japan, hydrangea (紫陽花 -Ajisai) is considered the flower of tsuyu, the rainy season. The rainy season usually lasts for a month in mid-June and July. The hydrangea originated in Japan and China, they say that its original color is blue, but there are all kinds of colors like pink, purple and white according to the cultivation and soil.

You can find hydrangeas in every corner, in homes, in temples, fields and gardens. Some provinces organize hydrangea plantations and even festivals

Hydrangea - the summer flower - hortensia flowers

One of the best places to see hydrangeas is in the city of Kamakura, mainly in the Tokeiji and Meigetsuin temples. There it is possible to find a great path surrounded by colorful hydrangeas. But there is always a park or temple with hydrangeas all over Japan.


The hydrangea can be seen as a symbol of devotion, obstinacy, dignity, honor and deep feelings. The first ideogram that makes up the word ajisai means purple or violet.

Hydrangea also has another name in Japan besides ajisai. Hydrangeas can also be called 七変化 nanahenge which means seven transformations. She got this nickname because of the color of the petals that changes according to the composition of the soil.

Hydrangea - the summer flower - hortensia flowers

This has given great symbolic meaning in Japanese art and poetry, because the change in colors represents a fickle and changeable heart. Warriors in feudal times rejected hydrangea because of this constant change of colors.

Finally, we will leave a video showing some of these beautiful flowers. I hope you enjoyed the article, don't forget to share and leave your comments.

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