Travel | FLOWER WALK Mar 7, 2002

Childlike delight amid a forest of flowers

by Sumiko Enbutsu

Camellia, or tsubaki in Japanese, has always been integral to this country's culture. Mentioned in ancient chronicles and legends, it is also used as a design motif for noh costumes, is highly regarded in ikebana arrangements and was prized by Tokugawa shoguns. Without the ...

Bloomin' good fortune in winter

Travel | FLOWER WALK Feb 7, 2002

Bloomin' good fortune in winter

by Sumiko Enbutsu

A Greek myth tells of the beautiful youth Adonis, beloved of Aphrodite, who was killed by a wild boar while hunting. A flower growing on the spot where he fell was stained crimson by his blood and was named Adonis aestivalis. This red, summer annual ...

Environment | FLOWER WALK Jun 3, 2000

Just a-flowerwalkin' in the rain

by Sumiko Enbutsu

No one would regret getting wet in the rain while admiring irises. Any complaints would melt away before the array of dainty flowers saluting you above crisp green leaves. Irises have captivated the hearts of Japanese since ancient times. A native species called kakitsubata became ...