June 25th, 2013 Summer solstice

In Japan, the summer solstice occurs on June 21 this year. It is called "Geshi" in Japan. As you may know, it occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight.

It's been rainy season in Tokyo and I haven't seen the sun for a couple of days. So I can't sense that it actually is coming soon.

It is said that the midnight sun occurs in high-latitude countries around the solstice. I wish to see the never-setting sun once in my lifetime!

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June 11th, 2013 Hydrangea

In June, hydrangeas are blossoming beautifully in Japan.

They all look alike, most of them having pale blue or pale purple color, but when you look closely from different angles, you will be able to find and enjoy the individual taste of the flowers.

I took this picture near my office. The color gradations are beautiful.

Generally I like to simply arrange them in a glass vase, but dried flowers have a different touch.

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June 4th, 2013 June Bride

Is the term "June Bride" popular in your country? The legend originated in Europe has it that the brides married in June live happy married life ever after.

From weather point of view, June is not a good season to have a bridal ceremony in Japan because the month tends to be very rainy. It is said that hotels in Japan made the term popular in order to lift their sales in the low season.

Anyway, hearty congratulations to all of you who are planning to get married this month!

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