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Ajisai –

June 13, 2022

There is no argument, even if the celebrity popstar, – Madonna- Louise Ciccone, an American singer-songwriter, actress and film director has an aversion for them, any pure minded naked eye would be naturally inclined towards the exquisitely beautiful Ajisai.

By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Korea, and Japan

It seems that the most possible origin of “Ajisai”, the Japanese name for Hydrangea, comes from “Azusai”, meaning collection of indigo blue materials. This native Asian flower is a symbol of gratitude, grace and beauty, which features prominently in Japanese textiles. So you can reflect these qualities and have the garment to match. 

Hydrangeas are a familiar feature in Japan that marks the arrival of the rainy season.

Hydrangea season lasts from the end of May to the beginning of July. The peak is from around mid to late June.

Kamakura’s Famous Hydrangea Temple: Walk Among Flowers in Japan’s Ancient Capital

Kamakura is a seaside Japanese city just south of Tokyo. The political center of medieval Japan, modern-day Kamakura is a prominent resort town with dozens of Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. Its most recognizable landmark is the Kotoku-in Temple’s Great Buddha, a roughly 13m-high bronze statue still standing after a 15th-century tsunami. 

Kotoku-in Temple Canvas Print – Eva Lechner

“The name ajisai is often applied generically to other species in addition to the Hydrangea macrophylla. References to ajisai in Japanese literature appear as far back as the Man’yoshū, an anthology of poetry completed in the 8th century. Mention of the ajisai usually alludes to the spring rainy season.”

万葉集

The Man’yōshū or the ‘Collection of a Myriad Leaves’ is the first, and longest, of Japan’s poetry anthologies.

Madonna Loathes Hydrangea” 

Ajisai, the Gift that keeps on Giving

On September 1st, 2011, American pop singer Madonna attended the press conference for her director’s debut W.E. at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Just prior to the beginning of the conference, Madonna was handed a hydrangea by a fan. Although she accepted the flowers with a smile and told the fan “thank you,” she was heard complaining about her dislike for Hydrangea to the woman sitting next to her. Madonna’s dubious remark quickly became a subject of controversy in celebrity news, leading to much online gossips and commentaries criticizing her fuss over flowers.

Beautiful girl wearing a pink hat with a field of flowers Hydrangea

On September 7th, Madonna’s publicist released a statement defending the singer’s remark in an interview with CNN:

“She’s entitled to like any flower she wants and she didn’t want to hurt the feeling of the hydrangeas of the world,” the rep said in a short statement. “No disrespect to the hydrangeas lovers of the world but she prefers different types of flowers.”

Well, at least the former Sacred Heart student should be thanked for her gracious smile. The fan who gifted the Hydrangeas was identified as a Ukrainian media personality named, Vitalii Sediuk.

6 Comments
  1. An indepth and well researched piece of writing! You grafted elements of pop culture, origin, countries and style into the fabulous aura of the hydrangea. Well done bouquet!

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