Thursday, May 15, 2014

Japanese Wistaria 藤

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Japanese Wistaria  藤 (also spelled Wistaria or Wysteria)

Fuji, pronounced the same way as Mt. Fuji, are beautiful pale purple flowers with vines that bloom in late spring.
藤は、発音すると富士と同じですが、晩春に咲く薄紫色の蔓性の美しい花です。

They grow wild in fields and mountains, but, to appreciate their beauty, the vines are trained over a trellis and the flowers are drooped down from it.
山野に自生していますが、観賞用としては棚を作りその上に蔦をはわせ、花はその棚から垂れ下がるようにします。

Each bunch of fuji measures from scores of centimeters to one meter and scores of centimeters in length, and beauty is found in the bunches swaying (like waves) in the wind, which are referred to as fuji waves.
この花の房は数十センチから1メートル数十センチになり、風が吹くと波のように揺れるのが藤波といって美しいのです。

A pale purple color is generally called fuji color.
薄紫色は一般に藤色といわれます。

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