Mixed Chorus Group Fonte Our twelve monthes of Nagareyama in Japan

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Cherry blossom is the typical flower that represents the start of April in a lot of regions like the surrounding of Tokyo in Japan.  However, it is delayed to bloom in the region in the north than the surrounding of Tokyo.  It blooms in Hokkaido area in the ending of June or beginning of July.
But this is the kind of cherry blossoms of Somei-Yoshino cherry tree. It is the most typical cherry blossoms by the beautiful light pink color and light weight leaves of a flower.

forest with cherry blossoms
There are other kinds of cherry blossoms that bloom in January in the south end of Japan.
Also around Tokyo, there are some kinds of cherry blossoms they begin to bloom in March, and others, begin to bloom in mid or end of April.
Any kind of cherry blossoms are beautiful.
At this season, we drink and sing under the cherry blossoms trees every year.

A story of cherry blossoms and dogwoods telling a Japan-U.S. friendship

At the same season, cherry blossoms bloom beautifully at Potomac waterfront in Washington DC.   They were brought from Japan in 1912, as a proof of Japan-U.S. friendship.

Dogwood trees were first brought to Japan in 1915, as a token of gratitude from U.S. government in return for cherry blossom trees donated by Japan.     

In today's Japan, dogwood flowers make many streets beautiful after cherry blossoms were scattered.

The details are as follows.
    History of the Cherry Trees in Washington, D.C.   US Gov.
    The Story of Cherry trees in Washington D.C.     Jpn side

May 5 is the Boy's Day, and the day is one of national holiday.  This season, April 29, May 3, 4 and 5 are national holidays.  In most of schools, governmental and business offices, factorys, it is a holiday on Saturday and Sunday, too.  In this way, we call it Golden Week, because there are many holidays in this time.

After the middle of April, carp streamers are flyed up in the air.  They are the evidence that a boy lives in a house.  Until May 5, the carp streamers are continues swimming in the air.
At the top, there is a five colors streamer.  Next, there is the biggest and black-and-white carp streamer.  It is the father carp.  The next red-and-white carp streamer is the mother.  The lower one or a few blue-and-white carp express children.

In the house where a boy lives in, a " Gogatsu-Ningyô " ( May - doll ) and a " Samurai-Helmet " are displayed.

Some one calls a doll of a boy as " Momo-tarô " and another calls " Kin-tarô ".
Both are very strong boys who are representative in an ancient children's story.
In old age, the fraise " -tarô " means the first-born son.

Samurai-Helmet with sword,bow and arrows

There are four seasons in Japan. But there is a rainy season between spring and summer.  You may think it the fifth season, and it continues for six weeks generally.
In Tokyo and its neighborhood, when the first one week of June passes, the rainy season begins suddenly.  In the beginning of rainy season, the rain is weak, and we have some clear days.  It continues for around 4 weeks. However, for last around 2 weeks, rain falls heavily.
The rainy season is over suddenly, and midsummer begins.  It is the latter half of July.

A typical flower in this rainy season is a hydrangea.
Its country of origin is Japan.
A hydrangea appeared in the Japanese historical literal work " A Collection of a Myriad Leaves " ( Man' yôshû ), edited in the seventh or eighth century.
Now, a hydrangea is loved all over the world, and I hear that it blossoms from March to November in the Netherlands.  But in Japan, it blooms only in this rainy season for around 6 weeks.

From 1823 to 1828, Philipp Franz von Siebold from Germany stayed in Japan and performed medical education to Japanese young men.  When he went back to his own country, he carried hydrangea named Hydrangea-Otaksa by himself, and introduced it into Europe.
" Otaksa " is associated with the name of his Japanese wife - "o-Taki-san".

Charles Maries of " Veichii Company " from Britain brought hydrangea-Mariesii to Britain in 1879.  European hydrangea of various kinds was made from it.  Later on, these were imported back into Japan.

A hydrangea has kinds of various colors such as blue, purple, red, white.  But at the first, it is light green color. and it goes white, and next, the original color is gradually mixed.  However at around its end, the color changes again. In the language of flowers a hydrangea means "caprice".

First, it's light green
various colors >
And at the end of rainy season, it's same at the opening of the midsummer, a hydrangea blossom shall lose his color.

policy of Japanese phonetic representation     “ ô ” like as “ tall ”,      “ û ” like as “ zoo ”

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