Handkerchiefs, magical Japanese iris designs

Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris ‘dewanominazuki’,
Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris old variety 'jitsugetsu'
Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris ‘jitsugetsu’

I bought these two delightful cotton handkerchiefs at a market ages ago and had forgotten all about them until I started on my New Year’s house cleaning.
They are made from super soft, very fine Japanese cotton and depict two old varieties of Japanese iris, ‘dewanominazuki’ and ‘jitsugetsu’. The label on them indicates that they are from Kamo Nurseries in  Kakegawa City, Shizuoka prefecture.  A quick internet search revealed  that Kamo Hanashobuen (Kamo Garden) is one of the largest iris gardens in Japan.  Wow!  That has now been added to my bucket list of places to see in Japan before I leave.

Kamo Garden, one hectare in size, is in front of the gate of Kamo Palace, an estate of the village headman built in the mid Edo era (16th century).  The hills in the background are covered with Japanese cedars.  Imagine how picturesque this would be when around 10,000 iris are in bloom in the rainy season of June.

The flowers originated more than 100 years ago, and 1,500 types have been developed by continuous collection, improvement and multiplication, so each type has an original beauty and taste…I’m starting to plan my trip to the garden already!

Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris 'dewanominazuki',
Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris ‘dewanominazuki’,

 

Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris 'jitsugetsu'
Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris ‘jitsugetsu’

 

見るうちに日のさしにけり花せふぶ
miru uchi ni hi no sashi ni keri hana shôbu

while looking at them
sunlight hits…
blooming irises

(Haiku by Issa 1805,  source Haikuguy)
 
 

REFERENCES

“Kamo Garden(Kamo Hanashobuen), a Famous Japanese Iris Garden with Ancient Village Headman’s Palace in Kakegawa, Japan.” Kamo Garden(Kamo Hanashobuen), a Famous Japanese Iris Garden with Ancient Village Headman’s Palace in Kakegawa, Japan. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2015. <http://www.kamoltd.co.jp/kakegawa/english/&gt;.

“Kamo Japanese Iris Garden.” Shizuoka Guide / Facilities. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2015. <http://www.shizuoka-guide.com/foreign_search/detail/1/4715&gt;.

 

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'Styled in Japan': an online shop that specializes in fashionable anti-UV parasols; an Etsy shop that features a unique collection of retro, vintage and antique Japanese treasures sourced from temple and flea markets in the Kansai area.

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