Category Archives: on a walk

Hydrangea festival

First post in 2020 and I’m still catching up. Was planning on posting few times a week to clear up the backlog and start up new year afresh, but alas I was busy with moving and generally too lazy during holiday, so that didn’t last for too long. I will try to at least clear the stuff up before it gets completely out of hand. I’m finally at June. June in Japan means start of rainy season called 梅雨 (tsuyu), with it as the name suggests lot of rain, but also it’s a season where Hydrangea starts blooming pretty much everywhere. Not that far from where I live(d) is a temple at which there seemed to be some Hydrangea festival (or so I saw on a poster near my home) so although bit early into the season I went to check it out.
It unfortunately still was quite early, so the flowers weren’t at their full potential, but even despite that there was plenty of people going around with cameras and enjoying the view. Hydrangea has plenty different colours and shapes of the flowers, so it was quite nice to see so many and compare them one to another. Before diving into the flowers, I strolled a bit around the temple itself, I went past it few times, but never had taken my time to go around and take some photos.
Although most of the flowers were still small and still far from peak I was able to walk around a bit and snap few photos. I was thinking of going there again some later day, but as with rainy season the weather was very bad, and when it finally got better the flowers were already over. I kinda wished I had some lens with close focus capability on me, but even now I still haven’t bought one. Will place some shots I managed to get below without any more comments, as there isn’t much to comment on. I definitely need to rethink the lens situation before this year’s season starts.

Hino Shinsengumi Festival

Hino city, in western part of Tokyo metropolitan area has been my home for nearly a year now (and won’t be anymore really soon, but that’s for another post), has quite significant role in Japanese history as it was birthplace of Shinsengumi’s Vice-commander Hijikata Toshizo. I don’t really know much about Japanese history, and first place I’ve heard about Shinsengumi was from anime Gintama, so I won’t go into any details, Wikipedia might be your friend with that. So to celebrate that, there was a Shinsegumi festival with parade and shows pretty much right in front of the place I live, so I went to have a look.
As my friend from Czech was staying over and we had some plans for the afternoon we didn’t really stay that long to see everything there was. We just had short stroll along the main road most of the parades and historical plays took place. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t really know much about anything so replays of some historical events didn’t tell me much. One thing that grabbed my attention though, was beer stand with local Toyoda beer (Toyoda being part of Hino city) which I was curious about for some time, but I’ve seen it only in bottles in few supermarkets around and never was bothered enough to get one. To me it was bit too Ale-like, but wasn’t bad at all. It was nice to have such event literally just in front of my doors and my friend seemed to enjoy it too and ended up getting some souvenirs too.