....he would have genetically engineered the hydrangea.
Summer on the Kanto Plain can often be a sticky, humid, irritating communal steam room -- but our compensation for all that sweat comes in the gorgeous, gargantuan form of the hydrangea.
Many thanks to our dear friend Toshiko-san, who sent me these beautiful photos of our local color and allowed me to share them with you.
In the not-too-distant past of Between Random Planets, I noted the similar Godzilla-like quality of the fall Chrysanthemums at Sankeien Gardens.
I now remain firmly convinced that every item falling under the categories of "botanical" or "bug-like" is just outright huge here. Don't even get me started on the summertime Negishi spiders -- but judging by the colorful welts on my legs they've already started on me. Beauty has it's price. I suppose the spiders like the hydrangea, too.
Toshiko-san, I promise that when you come out to San Diego to visit I'll show you the beautiful botanical sights minus the spiders whenever possible.