Writer: Erika Salmon

Erika is an American born American-Japanese now living in Saitama, Japan teaching English and discovering her cultural heritage. Her travels have taken her to various states and to the UK and France. She is happiest in libraries surrounded by books, out in nature among the trees or open fields, at church with her church family, or in the car headed to a new destination.

Lavendar hydrangea covered in water droplets, at Toshimaen

Beautiful Ajisai: Hydrangeas at Tokyo's Toshimaen

Located just 15 minutes from Ikebukuro, Toshimaen Amusement Park is packed with an astounding variety of hydrangeas for its small size and is well worth a visit to soothe away the stress of city life. Hydrangeas are beautiful, hydrophilic flowers that bloom throughout the melancholy month of June in vivid shades of blue, pink, and purple.

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