Town festival

20 May

Almost 2 years ago, I mentioned that my town was most famous for its really big tree. But it turns out I got the wrong tree! The real one is much more exciting.

This is the tree Kurogi is famous for:

There are actually over a dozen wisteria trees all gathered around a shrine, some over 600 years old! The branches are supported by a huge network of overhead trellises, which you can take a stroll or picnic under. The flowers dangle down 3 or 4 feet long, and smell amazing.

Here’s another shot, of me and a local friend:

And some more pretty pics:

And on the weekends, there’s a wacky town festival to go along with the flowers:

Kurogi gets a lot of well-deserved press for its wisteria festival. If you’re ever in the middle of the Yame mountains in the heart of Fukuoka prefecture, around the end of April, I highly recommend it! 😉

PS: Sorry about the hiatus!! My time in Japan is swiftly drawing to an end, and I’ve been doing lots of preparation / job-hunting stuff. I’ll be returning to the NYC at the end of July…. only 2.5 months away!!


2 Responses to “Town festival”

  1. Sunny June 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Just the pictures are breathtaking. Can’t imagine how amazing the real thing must be.

    • tarasensei June 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      It was amazing! The colors are much brighter than I captured on camera. And the smell!! Mmmm….

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