There is the popular wisteria as "砂ずりの藤（sunazuri-no-fuji)" at the world heritage site, Kasuga-Grand-Shrine. Sunazuri-no-fuji means that the point of wisteria's clusters almost reach the grand. I heard the cluster's length were around 1.5m till last springs. But I couldn't see those long clusters on the day in their full bloom in this year. So I went there to see them after two days again but they had already started withering. I wonder what's the matter with them? I'd like them to grow longer next year.
So I visited Man-yo-botanical garden(the garden of Kasuga-Grand-Shrine). Lots of wisteria flowers welcomed me with sweet smell.
|This is 砂ずりの藤. But they don't touch the ground.|
Also wisteria is the crest of Kasuga-Grand-Shrine. Kasuga-Grand-Shrine was built in 8th century by the Fujiwaras family and it's the family shrine of the Fujiwaras. This family was a key member of the aristocracy till around Edo-period. The crest of the Fujiwara family was wisteria. I saw the crest on the lantern on the night of the burning of the dead grass on Mt.Wakakusa.(here's a link to my blog about burning the dead grass on Mt.Wakakusa)
|This is the wisteria-crest of Kasuga-Grand-Shrine|
|Incidentally this is also a kind of wisteria-crest of Kofukuji-temple. So this temple was built by the ”Fujiwara-family”|
At the garden of Kasuga-Grand-Shrine
|Wisteria-Garden occupies a plot in the garden|
|These are about to reach ground.|
|Wisteria is leguminous plant|
Talking of wisteria, I remember some "Wisteria-maidens".
One is the "Wisteria-maiden" in Kabuki.(Japanese dance-drama)
A wisteria nymph takes the shape of a wisteria maiden and dances in Kabuki.
There is the pine symbolize men on the stage and the wisteria symbolize women and a wisteria nymph dances, complaining she can't control a man's heart.
Please click here to see this dance on You-Tube.
This dancer is a famous Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando". Can you believe this dancer is a man? Kabuki is played by only men. So the role of woman is played by a Kabuki actor called "女形（onnagata or oyama)". They play the role of woman more femininely than women.
Next, I remember 押絵羽子板(osie-hagoita)-this is a kind of ornament that has a shape of a figure made by cardboard and it is wrapped by beautiful silk cloth and is stuffed with cotton to make relief and it is pasted on a rectangle board with handle. Many of figures on the board are maidens from kabuki.
When I was a small girl I used to decorate 羽子板（hagoita) like this at the alcove on the new year. And mine was the 羽子板of wisteria-maiden. I liked it.
|a 羽子板of wisteria- maiden|
|This is a wisteria made of porcelain|
This post is linked Our World Tuesday