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A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

Wisteria at Kameido-Tenjin

Until I started my blog I was never interested in flowers, not at all.  But for my first blog, now long gone started, I was always looking for new articles to put on it so I started photographing them and writing about them.  Luckily, Tokyo has lots of flower festivals so they were easy to find.  Once I got into it, I slowly grew to appreciate them.  Now I go to them whenever I can.  Actually, the first flower festival I went to was for wisterias at Kameido-Tenjin.

You can easily see Tokyo Skytree from Kameido Tenjin

Kameido-Tenjin is one of Tokyo's major shrines which is known for having several different flowers festivals but, I think, the one for wisteria is the most important.  I was very glad I went as I was in for a very pleasant surprise.

Wisteria at Kameido-Tenjin

Wisteria, as they grow, will climb up any available support and drop beautiful purple flowers.  Kameido-Tenjin has provided some latticework for them to grow over.  The cool thing there is that the shrine has some big ponds which are crossed by drum bridges, not the originals though as they were destroyed by the bombing during World War Two, to enjoy the view of the flowers.  They mightn’t be the originals, but that doesn’t matter, as they are still pretty cool.

The bridges at Kameido-Tenjin during the wisteria festival get very, very crowded

During the festival those bridges are literally overflowing with people using them as vantage points to take photos.  You can get some really good shots as there is a long path to the shrine with wisteria on either side and Tokyo Skytree to the left.

This year there was even a falcon display

Luckily this year, I was able to go when the flowers were in full bloom and the weather was great.  And I have to say the fragrance from the wisteria is very, very pleasant.

The Wisteria Festival at Kameido-Tenjin goes for a few days yet, so you still have a chance to go if you are in Tokyo.  If you would like to see the shrine's (Japanese) website you can see it here.