Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Return of Hydrangea Season on the Inokashira Line


1714F of the EMU Keio 1000 series arrives at Shin-Daita Station on the Inokashira Line

It is rainy season again. On May 29th, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced that this year's rainy season had begun in Tokyo. But it was ironic that the weather has been perfect since the rainy season was announced by the JMA.

Whatever the weather is, the season of hydrangeas has also returned. Following years 2011 and 2012, I am going to show you the full blown hydrangeas on the Keio-Inokashira Line again. This year, it seems they have bloomed a few days earlier than usual. We can view the beautiful flowers here and there now.

Look at the top photo. It is a train and hydrangea flowers taken near Shin-Daita Station on the Inokashira Line. As I mentioned before, Keio has been working on planting hydrangeas on the embankments of the railways to prevent slope failure and protect the environment since 1991. Nowadays, we can enjoy seeing colorful hydrangea blossoms at the side of the railway tracks specifically around Meidaimae, Higashi-Matsubara, Shimokitazawa and Shin-Daita stations in June.

The train in the photo is an EMU 1000 series. It was commissioned in 1996 as the first long (20m) body train on the line. It is composed of 5 cars and each train set has a different color on the frontal mask and the side lines. Those are light-blue (photo at the top), salmon-pink (photo at the bottom), lilac, light-green, orange-beige, ivory white and blue-green ... the seven colors of the rainbow.

The vivid train, EMU 1000 series stands against colorful hydrangea flowers in the background.

1724F of the EMU Keio 1000 series leaves Shin-Daita Station on the Inokashira Line