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Yakuoin’s Tree Peony Flowers

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Last week we took a very short bike ride to Yakuoin (薬王院) to see the blooming tree peonies (ボタン). We were not alone as it was a holiday–Showa no Hi (昭和の日). Even with the crowds, the scene was very nice. Not only were many of the peonies at their peak, but a late blooming sakura was snowing its petals on us.

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Yakuoin is between Takadanobaba and Shimo Ochiai Stations on the north side of Shin Mejiro Doori. For more details see A Flower Lover’s Guide to Tokyo.

薬王院 地蔵 新宿区 tree peony

The jizo had a nice view from the top of the stairs.

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See if you can spot the “living statue” in the above photo.

I’ll give you a hint; it’s in the upper left and says ニャンニャン in Japanese.

One Response to “Yakuoin’s Tree Peony Flowers”

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    Katie:

    I saw some peonies at Sakura Matsuri yesterday, though they were just past their peak. I had always wondered what these huge flowers were – now I know! 🙂 Are they as fleeting as the sakura?

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