Hydrangea in Japan

Ross Hall

June 24, 2021
(Updated on July 21, 2021)

White hydrangea plant

It’s a special time of year in Japan. The hydrangea are out, signalling the arrival of the rainy season. Parks are full of pinks and blues and whites. People are gathering (in a socially distanced way), enjoying the sights and taking photos.

Social media is awash with these photographs and everyone enjoys the shared experience of admiring the flowers for second time. I count myself amongst these onlookers.

A pink hydrangea flower

A visit to Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center was an opportunity to enjoy them first-hand. I had hydrangea in my garden back in the UK, although the flowers were never as vibrant, nor were there so many kinds. And this is one of the smaller collections.

A blue hydrangea

For now I’ll enjoy the steady stream of photographs on Twitter. To the uninitiated they might seem repetitive, but to the people who took them – and those of us who appreciate them – the hydrangea is a beautiful flower to enjoy.

I'm Ross Hall, a writer and researcher based in Kobe, Japan. You can talk to me about B2B, sustainability and strategic management.

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