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Wisteria amazing hanging blossoms

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Wisteria amazing hanging blossoms

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Wisteria amazing hanging blossoms

I’m going to spend a day in the garden of Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria common name) of a Shinto temple in the region of Saitama Ken, Japan. This place is not as famous as Kawachi Fujien, but equally interesting.

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Wisteria blooms once a year from the end of April though the middle of May. Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, that includes ten species of woody climbing vines native to the Eastern United States and to China, Korea, and Japan. Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 20 m (65.6 ft) above the ground and spread out 10 m (32.8 ft) laterally.

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Wisteria is so beloved that it even appears in Waka, a classic Japanese poem.

 “Kutabirete
Yado karu koro ya
Fuji no hana”

   Tired on my journey,
Just at the time I found lodgings . . .
Wisteria flowers.

translated by Michael Marra

Michael Marra, Professor of Japanese Literature, Aesthetics, and Hermeneutics in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, has written a book that digs deep into the topic of translation and the symbiotic relationship between nature and the Japanese culture regarding Japanese short form poetry.

Seasons and Landscapes in Japanese Poetry: An Introduction to Haiku and Waka
by Michael F. Marra
Edwin Mellen Press
© 2008
ISBN-13-978-0-7734-4907-7

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Wisteria

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Wisteria the flower clusters captivating

Wisteria the flower clusters captivating

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