By Nicole Bauer
The azaleas in Nezu Shrine are at their best in mid-April. I walked along a path on a gentle hill with 100 varieties and 3000 azaleas bushes. Many people come to enjoy the flowers during this season, but it is said that once is not enough. If you want to see all the flowers here, you need to come back a few times in April, because of the timing of each flower. These azaleas are nicely trimmed and rounded. From a distance, they look like a large carpet on the hill. After it rains, the sweet fragrance of the azalea will put you into a dream-like state!
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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。