website is composed of albums of wildflowers and
trees found in and around Shimane, one of the 47
prefectures of Japan, inclusive of Hokkaido.
Shimane is situated far west of Tokyo, it facing
the Sea of Japan on the north, and the south
side edges being cut off for the most part by
steep mountains. The long-running mountain ridge
forms the prefectural boundary between Hiroshima
and Shimane. The western end of Shimane borders
on Yamaguchi, and the east end on Tottori.
The four seasons in this part of the world
are very distinct, and atmospheric
temperature ranges from below 0 to around 34
degrees Celsius, depending on the season.
Meantime, generally, there is relatively
lots of rainfall. As to the type of soil, in
most areas, it is acidic, ranging from pH
value 5.0 to 8.0. In light of those, I
gather this part of the world is blessed
with environmental factors that create the
diversity of flora.
All the flowers are broken down into four
categories by season, and new photos will be
added from time to time or replaced with
All the thumbnail images on this website
accompany italicized scientific name
followed by Japanese name in non-italic. You
might click on a thumbnail image to enlarge
or click on the scientific/Japanese name
beneath it to see more images.