Hanging Wisteria at the Sandai Shrine, Kusatsu-City, Japan
Wisteria at the Sandai Shrine Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18 mm — 1/350 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Wisteria at the Sandai Shrine
Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

The day I got back from camping, Fumie happened to hear from a taxi driver about a small out-of-the-way shrine not too far away that had a nice bloom of wisteria (or fuji – 藤 – in Japanese), so yesterday afternoon we made the 45 minute drive to Sandai Temple in Kusatsu to check it out.

Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

I guess wisteria is normally a climbing plant, but here they have them dangling from horizontal trellises. They were mostly purple/lavender, but there were some light pink ones as well.

There were a lot of big bumblebees among the flowers (two can be seen in the photo above), and one had to sometimes dodge them as they barreled along.

Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 200 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18 mm — 1/45 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
View from Below -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18 mm — 1/160 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
View from Below
Wall of Wisteria -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/180 sec, f/3.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Wall of Wisteria
Selective Focus -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Selective Focus
Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 80 mm — 1/80 sec, f/5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 200 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Shrine Entrance -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18 mm — 1/320 sec, f/4.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Shrine Entrance

The shrine is quite small and located in the middle of nowhere, grouped with a few houses but otherwise surrounded on all sides by field after field after field. (See any of the “map & image data” links under each picture for a satellite view of the area.)

It's free to enter, but they suggest a donation of 200 yen (two bucks) per person. I tried to give them more, but they refused. They've even arranged for free parking at a school or somesuch next door.

The parking lot had a slide and some swings, and other play activities that Anthony was much more interested in than the flowers.

Considerably Precarious -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 70 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Considerably Precarious
Mommy-Style is Easier -- Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 150 mm — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Mommy-Style is Easier

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Beatiful pictures!!!!!

— comment by Anonymous on May 13th, 2010 at 7:24pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

wow, great photos-thank you. i plan to visit Japan next summer. which is the strongest season for Wisteria?

I don’t know the best season, but judging by the photos and the date of the post, mid May looks good. —Jeffrey

— comment by monica on September 3rd, 2011 at 2:55am JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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