Sumi-e Rhododendron Flower
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Flower of rhododendron, syakunage in Japanese:
Strange English name for this pretty flower... It has light pink flower with thick green leaves. Ball shape of flower tops on sward leaves radiating. It should originated somewhere in the South Asia, long time journey to Japanese islands. In May, lots of pink ball blooming on streets in the Tokyo old town. A hydrangea and rhododendron must root at the same, thinking the shape of flower and leaves.