We've just welcomed May some weeks ago, and now June is approaching...
In Nagano, the coming of June spells the end of Spring and arrival of pouring monsoon, making it the worst season to travel around Japan.
Weather hasn't been fair for recent weekends, and it's a shame to watch Spring slipping away before our eyes. It'll take 6 weeks or so for the monsoon to go, before Summer's turn to flaunt its fiery samba . Until then, here are some sights that we've managed to capture this Spring.
The Carp-shaped streamer ( 鯉幟 ） featured above is raised country-wide in early May, in celebration of Children's Day on 5th May. To be exact, these banners are dedicated to boys, and families with male offspring fly these banners outside their houses.
The field of yellow Rape Blossoms ( 菜の花 ）and revealing alps make the scene picture-perfect.
I never grow sick of Rape Blossoms. I adore the collaboration of fresh yellow and green. No matter how the weather fares, they never fail to appeal to me. Somehow, I've noticed that Rape Blossom frields produce great photographs despite moody-weather times.
The month of May triggers busy hands in plantations and fields. The left picture shows seedlings of rice plant, waiting to be sit into rice padi.
I don't know about you, but I simply love fresh green or the crisp-likeness found in young sprouted leaves that the Japanese calls ' 若葉 ', which literally means ' young leaves '.
At another field ’蓮華 ’（ Chinese milk vetch ) are attracting lotsa bees to them! Bees are attracted to most flowers, but the Chinese milk vetch is one that's extra special. A honey-producing company stresses that its honey is extracted from bees working on Chinese milk vetch.
Shy husband refused to pose for a picture in my blog. The picture on the right should not annoy him, I suppose. =P Spot the bee below, if you can find it. =)
Let's take a walk into the woods.
I wish I knew the name of this petite flower. The name mentioned in the label failed to be translated. How do you like the violet buds and baby blue petals?
I'm not sure if these furballs are Dandelion （ タンボボ ). I thought Dandelion stands individually? Maybe these clusters are relatives to Dandelion? Somehow, they look more ' cottony ' to me.
Picture of Dandelion that I've known.
Dandelions are found in Singapore too, but their size is perhaps 1/3 of what I've seen in Japan.
Strawberries? Nah... I don't know the name of these furries.
Sorry about the lack of information, but I hope these pictures have brightened up your day! May the rest of your week be great. =)