My interest in eco-friendly air conditioning hasn't abated one bit, and I've decided to follow this particular plant's progress this summer.
I noticed it on the Hongō campus of the University of Tokyo. The university really makes an effort to be a green campus, both literally and figuratively, and this year they've planted and neatly labelled several species in this specific flower bed near Kaitoku Gate.
This one, Aristolochia macrophylla, is native to the eastern United States. It's nicknamed Dutchman's Pipe because its flowers are shaped like a pipe. I'll record its progress and snap photos of its flowers as soon as they appear.
20 May 2013
17 May 2013
A few days ago I wrote about a temple called Saikō-in that seems to have followed a list of "stuff that must be present at any temple that wants to cover all possible calamities", but wait! There's more! (I think the only important Japanese personage we're still missing is Hello Kitty.)
|Ema with Daruma doll|
|The mythical trio at the entrance to the temple|
|Kakuban, known posthumously as Kōgyō-Daishi, was a priest of the Shingon sect.|
16 May 2013
15 May 2013
Pure nostalgia! These old sweets were sold in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. I bought them at a retro sweet shop in Saitama. How do they taste? Nice!