Friday, March 9, 2012

Asagao (Ipomoea nil) - Edo Period Japan

Via Flickr:
While in Japan in 2009, I had the good fortune and honor to meet Eiji Nitasaka, Ph.D., holder of the national morning glory seed collection located at Kyushu University. While there, he showed me some very ancient books of Edo Period asagao flower forms. I loved looking at these works of art, and dreamed of what these beautiful plants must have been like in real life.