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Mar 9, 2019

Spring perfume, jinchoge

Spring perfume, jinchoge  photo

The days are getting longer, and the threat of snow in the Kanto area has passed. In the last few weeks, I smelled winter sweet and plum blossoms. I noticed Kawazu sakura, the earliest blooming variety, is already full of pink flowers in Tokyo. 


This week, on a stroll through Shibuya, I smelled this sweet perfume, the flowers of jinchoge, or daphne odora. Jinchoge was imported from China long ago, and is grown as hedge plants. The brush is evergreen, and has pink and white flowers in clusters. 


Spring perfume, jinchoge  photo

The candy sweetness of this flower makes up for sakura blossoms which don’t have a strong scent.


It is at its best just as the school year finishes.It’s such a nice pick me up after winter and the exam grind. 

TonetoEdo

TonetoEdo

Living between the Tone and Edo Rivers in Higashi Katsushika area of Chiba Prefecture.


2 Comments

  • edthethe

    on Mar 13

    I just bought one of these for my garden! It's lovely

  • TonetoEdo

    on Mar 13

    @edthethe Nice! They can get quite big. I’ve seen them a meter tall. While researching jinchoge I found out they don’t last long, just a few years, but they’ll bloom well in their first year.