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Places to Relax
Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture.
Ashikaga Flower Park features lots of blue, white
and pink fuji, as well as yellow laburnum (Japanese:
kingusari) that look like yellow colored fuji.
Three massive wisteria trellises extend for more
than 1000 square meters, in addition to a large trellis
of rare double-petaled wisteria. One large fuji tree is
100 years old and its branches are supported to
create a huge umbrella of blue fuji flowers. There is
also an 80-meter tunnel of white fuji flowers, while a
tunnel of yellow kingusari needs a few more years
to become an actual tunnel. Yae-fuji, a variety with
more than the usual number of petals, can also be
Besides the fuji, you will find many other flowers,
restaurants and a shop selling plants and local
products. There are no English descriptions and
very few foreign visitors. The entrance fee depends
on the season's beauty and is around 1000 Yen per
adult during the fuji peak season.
The fuji in Ashikaga Flower Park are usually in full
bloom in the beginning of May, one to two weeks
later than the fuji of Tokyo. Because Ashikaga
Flower Park is considered one of the best spots to
view fuji flowers in Japan, the park can be very
crowded even on weekdays during the peak season.
Man'yōshū (万葉集 ) man'yōshū,

Collection of Ten Thousand
Leaves") is the oldest existing
collection of Japanese poetry,
compiled some time after 759 AD
during the Nara period.
The anthology is one of the most
revered of Japan's poetic
compilations. More.......
“Do not let men find out
By smiling at me so ap
Like the clouds that clearly
Over the verdant mountains.”

— Lady Otomo Sakanoue
Thick and fast stream my thoughts of you
Like the layers
Of endlessly falling snow
Upon the cedars.
“Come to me at night, my man.”

—– from the Man’yoshu
There are more poems by
this poet than any other
woman in the Man’yoshu.  
What is remarkable are the
amount of women poets
included in the Man’yoshu.  
This is only possible
because the Confucian
philosophy was not
prominent yet in Japan.  
When it became influential,
women lost much status:
before they were allowed to
own property, title, name,
divorce, to keep custody of
their children.  After, they
were relegated to indoors,
stripped of much power
and status.
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in Shizuoka Prefecture
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The Japanese love flowers, and wisteria are
among their favorites. Wisteria (known as fuji in
Japan) is said to be one of the archipelago's
most ancient noted flowering trees, even being
described in the collected poems of the
Man'yoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves).
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