Wisteria, or "fuji," is beloved in Japan not only for its beauty but for its longevity, as its vines can live for more than 100 years.
“Its blossoms have come to symbolize love, endurance and loyalty”
Its blossoms have come to symbolize love, endurance and loyalty, frequently referenced in paintings, kabuki performances and poetry. The earliest compilation of Japanese poems contains more than two dozen verses dedicated to the pretty perennial, including this one:
When the wisteria clusters in full bloom
blow in the wind like waves
I remember Nara, the capital,
and you who remain there.
When in bloom, wisteria in the world-famous Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan is transformed into a true wonderland. On my first visit, I was astonished by the way walking through this park made me feel as though I was bathing in flowers. It’s so wonderful that my good friend and photographer, Norico Wood, was there to capture these breathtaking photos to share a peek into this inspiring, magical place. We hope you enjoy!