Camellia sasanqua

Camellia japonica ‘Daikagura’ (‘daikon’ is radish; ‘daikagura’ has red/pink and white radish petal colors), is usually the first to bloom, often in February – it has been noted in February post of this blog.

In March other camellias follow:

1.) Camellia sasanqua – 2 of them, planted by the fence, several meters apart,  area L

SJG • 3/27/12 – Camellia sasanqua, Area L

SJG • 3/27/12 – Camellia sasanqua, flower

There are different varieties of this camellia, one webpage I found quite informative (but won’t let me copy the info) is on the site called Absolute Wonder, run by someone in Memphis, TN – you can go there by clicking here: Camellia sasanqua.

2.) Camellia japonica, red, area N

SJG • Camellia japonica, Area N

SJG • 3/27/12 – Camellia japonica, flower

Also comes in different varieties.  I’m not sure what variety is the one pictured above, but it might be:

‘Adolphe Audusson’, whose deep red flowers are more numerous and appear earlier than other types.    You can read more on Floridata page here

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2 Responses to Camellia sasanqua

  1. minapage01 says:

    Daikagura(太神楽) is nothing to do with daikon(大根) even though it was a nice try connecting the color of the flower and the white radish. Rather, daikagura is traveling performers of Ise and Atsuta shrines dancing and singing for the audience who could not travel to see kagura in those shrines. By viewing the performance, these people can get the benefit of visiting the shrines. See picture of daikkagura performance.

    http://www.ise-daikagura.jp/diary/09.html

    Kagura is defined in OED as:
    A sacred dance performed at Shinto festivals, one of the oldest dances of Japan; also, one performed at a village shrine on a festive day.”kagura, n.”. OED Online. March 2012. Oxford University Press. 15 April 2012

    As in most of the cases, Wikipedia has an article in English and Japanese. Daikagura is described under “Folk kagura.” The Wikipedia article mentions “traveling priest,” however, these performers are not priest in a strict sense. They are “workers” of shrines and do not perform religious ceremonies like priests do in their shrines.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagura

    Now, why is the camellia named after Daikagura? I did not find any explanation. Maybe we can get the benefit of visiting shrines by looking at these lovely flowers. 

    • sjgbloom2012 says:

      thank you!!! what a lovely and informative comment! and i thought i write this blog for no one (the stat counter is not showing any visitors, ever, maybe it’s not ‘on’ or something). traveling performers! i’m now off to your links to see daikagura performance
      … and yes, i will never look again at that camellia without thinking of the shrine, what a
      great thought and image you shared, domo arigato!:).

      and oh, i never checked how comments section work here – got yours via email, asking for ‘moderation’ and ‘approval’ – oh, my, never approved anything more heartily than your comment, but i want the comments appear here without my censorship and ‘approval’ :).

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