Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Promise of 2016 Hydrangea Season in Tokyo

Set 1714F passes through full-blown hydrangea in front of Higashi-Matsubara Station
It is June already. Time really flies. June is a rainy season just before mid-summer in Tokyo. We have hot and humid days. Although it is a gloomy period, one of the things that save our feelings is fully bloomed hydrangeas. When one god deserts you, another will pick you up. This Japanese maxim is definitely correct. Before the 2016 flower season, I am going to show you last year's fully bloomed hydrangeas on the Keio-Inokashira Line.

Keio Electric Railway 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 see colorful hydrangea blossoms at the side of the railway tracks in June, specifically around Higashi-Matsubara Station on the Inokashira Line. I visited there again last year, and enjoyed seeing illuminated flowers in front of the platform. Just five years ago, it was still an undiscovered hydrangea viewing spot, but Higashi-Matsubara was no longer the undiscovered spot last year. It had become a famous place for hydrangea flowers.

By the way, I like the vivid train, EMU Keio 1000 series standing against the colorful hydrangea flowers in the background. One of the features of this stainless-steel body EMU is that each train set shows a different color on the front mask and the side lines. A total of eight colors are known... and are called the rainbow colors.

June is the gloomy rainy season in Tokyo, but, is the best period on the Keio-Inokashira Line.

Set 1703F passes through full-blown hydrangea in front of Higashi-Matsubara Station