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.

Born in the UK in the early 70s, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and eclectic career. I spent time in IBM, survived the dot.com bust, got myself well known in Insurance, and lived through more digital transformation projects than is healthy. In late ’20, in the middle of a pandemic, I upped sticks and moved to Kobe, Japan with my wife.

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