Boushu (芒種) June.5 ~June.20 (in 2020), Grain in ear
In this term, the rainy season starts in Kansai area. It rains a lot, sometimes all day long. This is what we call “Tsu-yu”(梅雨), it’s gloomy and cloudy, and very humid. Sometimes I get tired of wet and heavy air, but I like the sound of calm rain falling. I can be relaxed in this sound and it keeps me peaceful for a moment. And I also like green leaves with raindrops outside. When they fall down to other green leaves spontaneously, I can find them moving just a little with no wind, feeling that someone invisible touches the leaves gently.
Seasonal flower, Ajisai (Japanese hydrangea); Ajisai is native to Japan
There are some kinds of flowers which I wasn’t interested in. Ajisai has been one of them for long time for me, but recently I’m into their beaty. Ajisai is native to Japan having various colors. I enjoy Ajisai blooming around this term every year in my tiny garden.
Fantastic Ajisai garden, in Mimuroto-ji, Uji city, Kyoto
Look! This is the fantastic Ajisai garden of Mimuroto-ji in Uji city, Kyoto. When I went there, it rained a little under gloomy sky. But vivid Ajisai flowers look attractive so much. They were so tall as Ajisai that I felt like I was walking between flower-clouds in the sky!
Seasonal Japanese sweets, resembling Ajisai flowers
Have you seen Japanese sweets resembling Ajisai? We can get these seasonal sweets at stores in Kyoto city just for a while around this term. This is made by Chokyudo in Kyoto. It looks like exactly Ajisai-flowers, inside it there is sweet bean paste. It tastes so good.
These are another wagashi resembling nature. The green one resembles fresh green leaf with dew. It has clear color jellies on the top of it, it really looks like dew. The pink one resembles rose in this season. Both were very tasty!
This is another Ajisai-wagashi from Nakamuraken, Kyoto
Though this wagashi resembles Ajisai, it looks different from the one above. It has more blue color and has white bean paste inside. It tasted so good too, I liked this one better. Around this term, there are lots of kinds of wagashi resembling Ajisai, especially in Kyoto.