27 Apr

Yesterday we went to see the 藤 (Wisteria) flowers in bloom.

藤

These flowers grow like vines over the bamboo frames that are built specifically for these flowers and they hang down like bunches of grapes.

It looks nice.

Maybe after reading my recent posts about the 桜 (Cherry Blossoms) and now about the 藤 (Wisteria), you think that I really love flowers.

I do appreciate flowers…actually nature, in general.

But when I was younger, I didn’t care much at all about that. I’ve never even heard of “Wisteria” or even “Cherry Blossoms” growing up.

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older or because I have a wife and three daughters…and girls love flowers (at least, my girls do).

So, now, due to my wife and daughters’ interest, I know the names of more flowers in Japanese than I do in English. For example, I knew that the flowers we went to see today were 藤 (Fuji) in Japanese…but I had to check a dictionary to learn the English name of the flower (which is, as I mentioned above, Wisteria. So I learned a new English word today! (^_^). )

Other flowers that I know that names of in Japanese (some of which I don’t know the English name for):

桜 (Cherry Blossom), 藤 (Wisteria), たんぽぽ (Dandelion), バラ (Rose), チューリップ (Tulip), 菊 (‘Mum), ボタン (I don’t know what this is called in English), 梅 (Plum (blossom)), ひまわり (Sunflower), スミレ (Violet), ツバキ (I don’t know this one’s English name either), ユリ (Lily), ひなぎく (Daisy)…

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head…but you get the idea. Since having three daughters, I could probably get a job in a flower shop now!

Anyways…it’s good for me. I’ve learned to appreciate nature.

And I enjoy going out with my family regardless of where we go. Personally I enjoy going to festivals best…but my wife and children have taught me to stop and smell the flowers too!

4 Responses to “藤”

  1. tokyo5 April 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    >My favorite flowers are Gerbera Daisies, Calla Lillies, Roses, and Babies’ Breathe.

    I don’t have a favorite flower. If I had to choose, maybe Venus Flytrap…does that count as a flower?

    >Gerbera Daisies, Calla Lillies, Roses, and Babies’ Breathe.

    In Japanese they’re called ガーベラ (Gaabera) 、カーラ (Kaara)、バラ (Bara)、 and かすみ草 (Kasumisou)。

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  2. Mb April 29, 2008 at 1:06 am #

    I’m glad to hear your girls have inspired a love of nature in you. 🙂 The Wisteria is very pretty. My favorite flowers are Gerbera Daisies, Calla Lillies, Roses, and Babies’ Breathe. I guess I have to have FOUR because it would just depend on my mood….?

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  3. tokyo5 April 29, 2008 at 1:01 am #

    >I wanted to read your reply to my comments awhile back but coudl not find them. Am I looking in the wrong area? I was looking at the comments section.

    Each post I write and each page I make on this site has it’s own “Comments” section.

    The easiest way to find what you wrote earlier is to remember which post you commented under…

    or you can click the “Comments RSS” link on the main page and subscribe to the feed—then you’ll get notified of all comments added to my site.

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  4. chris April 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    I wanted to read your reply to my comments awhile back but coudl not find them. Am I looking in the wrong area? I was looking at the comments section.

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