Kamakura Meigetsu-in Temple in June

The bluish-purple of Hydrangea and Iris

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

At Meigetsu-in Temple, the bluish-purple season comes in June. Not only blue hydrangea, but also various colors of noble iris in the back garden burst into bloom. This temple had a strong relationship with the Hojo clan during the Kamakura era. When the 5th regent of the Shogunate, Tokiyori, retired, he set up a hermitage and then later finished his life here. His grave is located to the left of the entrance. He must never have imagined that 760 years later, such huge numbers of people from all over the world would surge ahead to visit this small temple.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。