Slaves Of Chrysanthemums


Chrysanthemum growers,

You are the slaves

Of chrysanthemums.

I must admit I didn’t fully understand Basho’s haiku until I saw these astonishing examples of chrysanthemum husbandry at the Yushima Tenjin Shrine last weekend…

Yes, this is ONE plant!
This style always makes me think of the Yoyogi Park rockabillies’ hair!
All the specimens have to bloom at exactly the right time. How do they do that?
And how did they grow these, so they were the exact same size and height at exactly the right time? Even the leaves are perfect!

If you’d like to visit the Yushima Shrine the next time you’re in Tokyo, visit my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

Published by Jonelle Patrick

Writes all the Japan things.

2 thoughts on “Slaves Of Chrysanthemums

    1. You’re right! And in haiku, too. Actually one of my very favorites is:

      Before the white chrysanthemum
      The scissors hesitate,
      A moment.

      I always think of the ones at the Meiji Shrine when I read it.

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