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 fountains 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!!