10 everyday plants you’ll see in Japan

I practise Japanese martial arts, learn Japanese language and love plants I came across while visiting Japan. I was delighted, when an opportunity arose, to write a guest blog for Michael Perry at Mr Plant Geek on my favourite subject.

You can read a little teaser of my post below and a full version on Mr Plant Geek website
Michael also travels to Japan, read about his adventures here.

10 everyday plants you’ll see in Japan

Mindful coexistence with nature is an essential part of Buddhist and Shinto religions in Japan. In Shinto, spirits called kami inhabit the world around us: they live in giant trees and in the tiniest plants, ride joyfully on the wind and in water springs and even make their home in mountains and rocks. I want to find out if any mischievous kami are hidden in everyday plants you come across in Japan.

1. Azalea

Cherry blossom season is a most celebrated time in Japan but it is fleeting and after Sakura flowers fade another plant takes centre stage.
Azalea celebrates spring with bright pink trumpet blooms. Its kami is bold and loud and impatient for the hot and humid summer. Pink looks striking against grey colours of the metropolis and really brightens up urban spaces […]

2 Replies to “10 everyday plants you’ll see in Japan”

  1. Lucky Michael getting such a brilliant guest post, Sasha! I love all the anecdotal details about the plants and their spirits. And you’ve reminded me that I need some Hakonechloa for shady areas in my garden. Caro x

    1. Thank you, Caro!
      Hakonechloa is so beautiful, especially in the autumn, isn’t it?!
      I think all the interesting stories about plants is what makes gardening fun! It is fascinating to research the plant world. 🙂

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