I don’t need a meteorologist to tell me that the rainy season has begun in Tokyo, for the hydrangeas have signaled with their luscious blossoms. As Tokyo waited and waited for the meteorologists to officially declare the start of the rainy season, the hydrangeas know it in their genes that now is the time for them to dazzle.
The hydrangeas come in all shades from a true white to blues and aubergines. I adore the way that the large blossoms explode with burst of color over a period of days. After they are in full bloom, the blossoms do not depart from their parents. They cling on and show themselves for weeks, if not months. Their hues even can vary on one plant depending on the acidity of the soil. For me, personally, the hydrangeas are a highlight of the brief rainy season in Japan.
The skies may be full of endless grayness but the rich colors of the buds luminescence in the downpours. The sopping petals reveal their inner velvet hues. Hues that awaken soulful memories of a mater painter’s brush.
The rain doesn’t bother my spirit. All the much needed rain invigorates a greener Tokyo even in the midst of the dull apartment buildings and cramped homes. I am joyous to wander in the rain with my umbrella and just marvel at the queens of the monsoon. The only bloom once a year, and that happens to be during the June downpours. It is just perfect to me.