Japan, Nature, Otawara & Nasu (local area)

Summer & Hydrangea

Summer in this area is hot and humid, and nothing says summer like Hydrangeas (Ajisai in Japanese) here.  There are so many in the lane-ways and parks around the town.  All colors, and sizes and shapes.  Its incredibly pretty.  I read somewhere there are over 70 different types of Hydrangea, we certainly have a lot of them here.. The colors…

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History, Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Kurobane and Matsou Basho

Matsuo Bashō (1644 – November 28, 1694),  was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as a master of brief and clear haiku. His poetry is internationally renowned, and in Japan many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and…

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