Shinjuku Gyoen 2022 Chrysanthemum Festival

The Shinjuku Gyoen 2022 Chrysanthemum Festival was awesome.  We had great weather to enjoy the event.  That made it a beautiful day to visit the park.  As always, I wished that I could have had more time with them.  But not to worry, I got good photos of the flowers.

There were few clouds.  And it was a little warm, there was no need for warmer autumn jackets.  I was very happy in a t-shirt and jeans.  That was enough.

The flowers a great.  As I say most years, the best ones at Shinjuku Gyoen were the larger chrysanthemum plants.  I mean the ozukuri and ogiku.  Both were superb.

Ozukuri are large domes, made up of hundreds of flowers.  Their branches and flowers are supported by one central trunk.  It must be very thick as the entire plant can measure about two meters across.

Due to their size, you might think they would be difficult to water.  At Shinjuku Gyoen 2022 Chrysanthemum Festival, I discovered that gardeners have a simple method of doing it.  They use bamboo pipes, about two meters long.  They poke them through the flowers into the base and pour the water down.  No problem!

The ogiku chrysanthemums are also quite large flowers, but not close to the size of the ozukuri.  This time I got pictures of them that were most satisfying.  Without a doubt, the pinks were very beautiful.

Actually, there is another type of chrysanthemum I really enjoy.  That is the kengai.  Kengai are smaller plants draped over a trellis.  The effect makes it look as if they are going down a cliff.  They are so beautiful.  I find them intriguing.

The kengai got my vote for best display at Shinjuku Gyoen 2022 Chrysanthemum Festival.  And if I’m brutally honest, they were the best in Tokyo.  No other place came close to them.

Earlier in the morning, I went to Jindai Botanical Gardens to see its chrysanthemums.  As it was a weekday, it also wasn’t crowded.  With fewer people, the festivals have been a pleasure.  I definitely went on the right day.

Shinjuku Gyoen 2022 Chrysanthemum Festival camera gear:

  • Camera:  Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens:  Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Flash:  Godox V860II

Wrapping up 

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been thinking about getting a macro lens for flower photography.  I’m glad I haven’t got one yet.  At these events, it is hard to get very close to the flowers.  And there is no chance of being able to use a tripod. 

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