Summer rains in Japan are best forgotten/enjoyed looking at the beautiful Ajisai (Hydrangeas) which can be found in various temples and parks. The Hakusan Temple in Tokyo, as well as the Ajisai Dera (Meigetsuin) and Hase Dera in Kamakura are among the more well known places accessible to me. Photographing flowers is not one of my strengths and so I tried to take some Flower portraits. There are many types of Ajisai and each brings out a different mood for the viewer. I am attaching photographs of the ones I liked but something tells me that there will be many more over this summer. The flowers are especially beautiful in the rain and my plans for the summer now include photographing fireflies, fireworks and these beautiful flowers.