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This 144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan Looks Like A Pink Sky

These stunning photographs, which look like a glorious late evening sky with dashes of pink and purple, are actually pictures of Japan’s largest wisteria (or wistaria, depending on whom you ask) plant.

This plant, located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan, is certainly not the largest in the world, but it still comes in at an impressive 1,990 square meters (or half an acre) and dates back to around 1870 (the largest, at about 4,000 square meters, is the wisteria vine in Sierra Madre, California). Although wisterias can look like trees, they’re actually vines. Because its vines have the potential to get very heavy, this plant’s entire structure is held up on steel supports, allowing visitors to walk below its canopy and bask in the pink and purple light cast by its beautiful hanging blossoms.

Image credits: Takao Tsushima

You just want to lay out a blanket and lie under there!

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Luang Prabang, Laos | by KS Chew

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The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.

Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.” 

A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.

Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Himanshu Sarpotdar. The write-up of the site done by the Archaeological Survey of India was of great reference to me when writing this post.

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Machapuchare - New Chhomrong - Nepal (von Andrei Valentin)
Tokyo as seen from the 28th floor of the Asakusa View Hotel.
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The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Macau
submitted by: rach3licious, thanks!
Shanghai at Night
Pudong Shanghai, China
» includes The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
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Chi-Tou, Taiwan by Angelo G. Noziglia
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Go home | Isabel_Wang
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The enigma called the Dudhsagar waterfalls, Karnataka, India
The railways tracks trace a horseshoe (U) over the valley approaching the Dudhsagar waterfalls. The first glimpse of the falls is, hence, from across the valley. We just couldn’t take our eyes off it. At that moment, we couldn’t care about the camera, the photograph, the view point or anything else. The Dudhsagar waterfalls, even from that far across the valley, had hypnotised us. Read more about our visit at Majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls and magic of Castle Rock.
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

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Geuondeok-Myeon, Kangwon-Do, South Korea | by Leigh MacArthur
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The Toshogu, 1600’s temple || Japan
Opaque  by  andbamnan