Ajisai are hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla). Hydrangea vary in color based on the acidity of the soil, so ajisai may be depicted as shades of blue, purple, pink, or white (albino cultivar). Traditionally ajisai are thought to have seven possible distinct shades.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Ajisai bloom in early spring and specifically associated with the month of June.
Common Motif Pairings
Identification & Style Variations
Ajisai can be easily identified by the "ball" or "cloud" formed by it's small four-petal flowers. Depending on the detail level, each flower might have a tiny circle in the middle. Ajisai is almost always pictured with its large, pointed-oblong, serrated leaves in addition to its flowers.
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
Fugenzan Meigetsu-in (福源山明月院), a Zen Buddhist temple located in Kamakura, is famous for its hydrangeas which were added to its gardens in the 1970s.
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