It is said that there are about 200,000 kinds of flowers. Japanese people love flowers, so we have lived with surrounded by the greatest number of flowers in the world. Various flowers are in full bloom in the summer, but it is relieving to see the morning glory. It’s because of the most familiar flower since ancient times. However, the morning glory is an alien species introduced in the Nara era. During the Edo period, the morning glory boom struck among the common people, and the original morning glory prototype was completed around this time. Robert Fortune, a plant hunter who came to Japan about 250 years ago, said “If the flower-loving national character is evidence of the high cultural level of the nation, it seems that the Japanese common people are far superior to our people.” It was around this time that he praised Japanese for their love of flowers and their high cultural level.
I visited the secret Nosegawa Onsen. It is located in the mountainous Nosegawa Village, which is located between the two world heritage sites of Koyasan and Kohechi of Kumano Kodo. Nosegawa Village rarely exceeds 30 degrees Celsius even in the middle of summer, and it is said to be the last unexplored area. When I was walking along the mountain path, I felt refreshing sweet scent coming. It’s Suikazura. Although it is sometimes seen in the home gardens in the city, its flowers have already fallen in the midsummer. I took it with my smartphone. I have always been fascinated by the flower that has the tone of the sound of su-i-ka-zu-ra and the form of a character with the kanji “忍冬”. When you inhale the root of a flower, it tastes like honey and smells is moist.
It’s likely to be the Extremely hot day today. Recently Midsummer days and Extremely hot days are alternating every day. It was late after the rainy season, and It is just a week ago that entered a full-scale summer. In the average year, the peak temperature of the summer is on the Risshu-day, August 7th, and then the temperature starts to drop gradually, and by the time of the Bon Festival, the Tsukutsuku cicadas , who announces the arrival of autumn, begins to sing. However, it is predicted that the heat will not diminish after the Bon Festival this year. The changes of the natural environment may have caused the new coronavirus or the abnormal weather.
Kazuo Ishiguro said in a message that his mother, who was exposed to the atomic bomb in his teens, had a peaceful life afterwards and August 9 is “not only fear and sadness, but also a day to conquer hardships and evoke hope”. He appealed that modern civilized society is fragile and that international cooperation and understanding are important, “We continue to be at great risk, and human life is of supreme value. Let’s keep that in mind.”
In Japan, it is customary to send sympathies in the summer and send New Year cards in the New Year. The purpose of the summer greeting is to make sure they are staying healthy in the hot-summer. Until now, it was common to send them by postcard, but recently, more and more people are sending via smartphone. Moreover, it is also a feature that it is now sent to an unspecified number of people on Facebook and Twitter, not to individuals. In Europe and America, it seems that there is no custom to send a greeting card in the summer, but there is a custom to send Greeting Cards to all occasions such as Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, birthday, marriage, childbirth, and entrance and graduation celebrations.
I felt pity for lilies blooming in a burning garden, so I cut it and put it in a vase. Was it really good for Yuri? Anyway, listening to the quietly flowing Mozart requiem, I talked to the lilies about the 75 years after the war. Even if we say to talk to each other, it is only I to be able speak. They are just listening. Still, they listen carefully and nod gently. 75 years seem to be long or short to me. There were many things sad or happy during the time. Times also have dramatically changed. School children going home from school are passing by in front of the house, but no one has a figure only with a pair of pants and a running shirt.
Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It’s the most stupid and cruel act of history. In the 75 years since then, nuclear weapons have continued to be created without any reflection, with 70,000 nuclear weapons being produced at the peak, and nine countries now have 15,850 nuclear weapons. North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons has been becoming a hot topic, but additionally there is also concern about the possibility that countries will newly acquire nuclear weapons, and the possibility that non-state actors such as terrorist organizations will acquire and use nuclear weapons. It’s the current situation.
There were some Aconite clusters on the way from Shiomi-dake to Aino-dake in the Southern Alps. I got hooked and took a picture. Some time after that, I was surprised to hear that the “Aconite insurance murder case” was reported. Only then did I find that aconite was a terrifying flower. It is said to be one of Japan’s three major poisonous plants along with Doku-utsugi and Doku-zeri. Especially, Ezo-aconite is highly toxic, and was used by applying it to the tip of the spear when the Ainu captures the bear. It seems that the poison was painted on the tip of the arrow even during the Warring States period. It contains poison in whole aconite from roots to the tip of flowers and leaves, so never touch it even if you see it in the fields or mountains.
An old painter in a bright red T-shirt rests his brush and is staring at the Hotaka Mountains from near the Kappabashi bridge, which is over the Azusa River in Kamikochi. Most of the canvas paintings are completed, but I wonder if there is something he hasn’t drawn yet. It’s been over fifty years since I first visited here. I can’t forget the deliciousness of juice made by dissolving powdered juice in water of the Azusa River. Memories of my young days when I wandered the Hotaka Mountains come back to me in quick succession. This old painter must be staring at the peaks of Hotaka with the same thought.
In the old days, from Kansai region, I used to go to Kamikochi via Matsumoto city in Nagano prefecture, and to Norikura mountain via Takayama city in Gifu prefecture. Since the Abou Tunnel opened in 1997 at the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures, to get to Kamikochi, the route via Hida Takayama is now closer. Hirayu Onsen, which used to be the rustic hot spring in Okuhida in the past, has come to the forefront, and nowadays many inns and hotels line up, and in the summer, it is very busy with mountaineers and tourists. It’s a great feeling to relax in the hot spring in preparation for tomorrow’s mountaineering.