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24/04/2010 James Clarke

Nagaokakyo's most famous bush

Nagaokakyo, Kyoto-fu, Japan view map

Every year around the last week of April people come from far and wide to see it in bloom. It's over 100 years old and classified as an important cultural asset. It's Nagaokakyo's most famous bush, a a large Kirishima Azalea bush at Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine.
To quote the words of one of the ALTs (assistant language teachers) who writes a column in the local Nagaokakyo City Council Newsletter. "When I saw a painting of it at a school where I was working, I didn't believe it could be so red. After seeing the real thing, it's even redder than the painting!". Yes, it is an amazing red coloured bush, that is very tricky to photograph with out blowing out the red channel! In 2009 this bush only appeared in my PBLOG as bokeh. This time I give you the bush!
Honestly, it is worth a trip to Nagaokakyo to see if you happen to be in Kansai around the last week of April. 5 minutes walk west up either Tenmangu Dori or Azalea Dori from Nagaoka Tenjin Station (on the Hankyu Railway's Kyoto Line).
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Zoltán Balogh17-Apr-2011 13:44
Wonderful, thanks for sharing James! V
XiaoBernard9915-Apr-2011 08:42
I understand the attraction for the photographer.
shatterbug13-Apr-2011 07:02
Terrific eye to see this...great perspective!
caveman_lee12-Apr-2011 16:18
Bright red indeed. A beautiful perspective.
12312-Apr-2011 07:05
Beautiful colors & another photog. :) V
Simon Chandler12-Apr-2011 03:08
Excellent composition of this unique and colorful scene. v
Guest 12-Apr-2011 03:07
Interesting stuff : ) v
pr_rajan11-Apr-2011 15:43
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)11-Apr-2011 09:51
Gosh! Great image,but my head goes to my recently deleted JA trip.....
BTW:thanks James...
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