Saturday, 21 June 2014

2014 Hydrangea Season on the Inokashira Line

EMU Keio 1000 series passes through full-blown hydrangeas in front of Higashi-Matsubara Station
The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced that this year's rainy season began on June 5th in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It means that hydrangea blooming season has also begun here in Tokyo. Although it is a gloomy period before midsummer, Tokyoites can enjoy full-blown hydrangeas here and there. When one god deserts you, another will pick you up. This Japanese maxim is definitely correct.

Following years 2011, 2012 and 2013, I enjoyed hydrangea flowers again on the Keio-Inokashira Line. Please look at the photos. They are illuminated hydrangea flowers in front of the platform of Higashi-Matsubara Station. The night lighting of hydrangeas is annual event at this station. 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 Higashi-Matsubara, Shimokitazawa and Shin-Daita and Meidaimae stations in June.

This year, I visited Higashi-Matsubara Station a bit later than previous years to see the well-colored flowers. It was indeed good timing, wasn't it? The vivid train, EMU Keio-1000 series, stands against the colorful hydrangea flowers in the background. I saw many rail fans and flower lovers on the platform of this small station. Higashi-Matsubara is no longer "the undiscovered hydrangea viewing spot". It has become a famous place for hydrangea flowers.

Whatever the weather is, the season of hydrangeas is my annual favorite.

Set number 1751F of the EMU Keio 1000 series and full-blown hydrangeas