Good evening from Japan~
The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, and is used symbolically in Chinese art.In Japan, peony is called 牡丹 - ぼたん (Botan) or 牡丹の花. It is also considered as the "King of Flowers" or the "Prime Minister of Flowers."
Last week I had a chance to visit a peony garden in Ueno. The garden is located inside Toshogu shrine （東照宮神社）. It is very common in Japan that many flower gardens are developed inside a shrine, and as new season comes, every body goes to seeing those.
Sakura season has ended one month ago. In Japan, thinking of May it's rose season!!! But it hasn't started yet, may be from middle of May...
But, we have peonies (*'▽'*)♪. Let me show you some photos I took at peony garden !
|I thought that peony is rose-relatives, but am I wrong?|
|Can you image how big the flowers are?|
|one of my favorite photos|
|Yae-sakura, its name?|
|beautiful color, right?|
|the garden is decorated with big umbrella, adding more romantic and traditional sense|
|Finally, let me introduce my buddy: Minolta srt 101 film camera!! It's really heavy|