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Season's faces

You will enjoy seeing various tree and flowers through the year in Tokugawaen.
Now showing are the ones that represent each season

Japanese Apricot (ume)

photo of Japanese Apricot

Autumnal tint:Middle of February - Middle of March

Japanese apricots were brought over to Japan in the Nara period. In the Manyoshu tanka collection, only the white flowers are mentioned in the poetry. Thusly, it is believed that the white flowers were brought over first. When it comes to flowers, Japanese apricots were more popular than cherry blossoms in those days.

Peony (botan)

photo of Peony

Autumnal tint:Middle of April - End of April

In China, where they were originated, Peonies were cultivated for medicinal use. After the Tang period, peonies were favored more than any other flowers, and they were called as "The King of Hundred Flowers" "The King of Million Flowers". It is a fitting name for their gorgeous figure.

Iris (hanashobu)

photo of Iris

Autumnal tint:End of May - Beginning of June

Irises are improved version of wild irises, and they are a home-grown garden plant.

There are two types of irises in Japan,"shobu" and "hanashobu". Hanashobu grow beautiful flower, on the other hand, shobu flowers are somber and less represented. The shape of their leaves look very similar, however, they are different in plant taxonomy.

Maple (momiji)

photo of Maple

Autumnal tint:Beginning of November - End of November

Various kinds of maple trees are planted upstream and downstream of the canyon to the Ryusenko. Leaves of changing autumn colors can be enjoyed in the fall.

Flower calendar

Flower calendar

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