May 10, 2017

Hollyhock

Kamigamo Kitaoji-chō, Kita-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
井関家(京都市北区上賀茂北大路町)

A hollyhock flower, known in Japan as aoi (葵), was incorporated into the official seal (紋, mon) of the Tokugawa shogunate (徳川将軍) in Japan, and through this influence has maintained importance in modern Japanese culture. The Aoi Matsuri (葵祭, Hollyhock Festival) is one of the three main festivals of the city of Kyōto.

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