Physalis alkekengi (Bladder cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern or Winter cherry ; Japanese: hōzuki), is a relative of P. peruviana (Cape Gooseberry), easily identifiable by the larger, bright orange to red papery covering over its fruit, which resemble Chinese lanterns. It is native from southern Europe east across southern Asia to Japan. It is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 40–60 cm tall, with spirally arranged leaves 6–12 cm long and 4–9 cm broad. The flowers are white, with a five-lobed corolla 10–15 mm across, with an inflated basal calyx which matures into the papery orange fruit covering, 4–5 cm long and broad.
At the beginning of July, this Hozuki!Physalis alkekengi (Bladder cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern, or Winter cherry; Japanese: hōzuki), is a relative of P. peruviana (Cape Gooseberry), easily identifiable by the larger, bright orange to red papery covering over its fruit, which resemble Chinese lanterns. It is native from southern Europe east across southern Asia to Japan. It is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 40–60 cm tall, with spirally arranged leaves 6–12 cm long and 4–9 cm broad. The flowers are white, with a five-lobed corolla 10–15 mm across, with an inflated basal calyx which matures into the papery orange fruit covering, 4–5 cm long and broad.
Each beginning of July(only for 2days) ,this "Hozuki" is sold at the special market in Sensoji "Asakusa" big
temple. This is the seasonal event in Tokyo. We can perceive the coming of Summer for this market opening.
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mirosu (12754) 2012-07-15 8:03
Another nice smiling face. Excellent sharp photo with pretty colors. Well done!!!
wolf38 (31020) 2012-07-15 10:37
Hello Takero. I am amazed at your ability to photograph these festivities. Each photo is on its way, beautiful and worth seeing. As an outsider to get a glimpse into the lives of Japanese people - in the spirit of TE:"Learning about the world ..."
marabu61 (7799) 2012-07-15 11:03
Another wonderful picture of you. I thought as soon as I saw the photo, I know where this is :-) . And reading your useful note I was reassured.
The girl looks happy with her plant. Great POV and nicely framed this picture brings the atmosphere of the market nicely across.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-15 12:19
Hi Dear Takero,
a splendid photo once more, the composition is beautiful and I like the atmosphere of the photo and the lovely details, the timing is excellent. Great shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
mauro61 (52623) 2012-07-15 12:26
ben colta l'espressione della bambina e foto come sempre ricca di colore.
ottima la qualitŕ.
saxo042 (37054) 2012-07-15 12:44
A very nice girl, surrounded with interesting details and colours. The interesting note adds value to your contribution.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-07-15 14:17
Namaskar dear Takero,
This is an excellent image of this girl holding the pot with a smiling face. Your note is very informative giving the details of these festivals. A sharp image with beautiful colors.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-07-15 15:14
Splendid capture of this people.Very unique atmosphere of this special event.Very nice lightning.Great result.
Have a nice week
Miguel82 (21702) 2012-07-15 18:32
Very good portrait taken in that festival
Many details to watch
Interesting note and good pov
Sharp picture and fine colors
Sonata11 (33201) 2012-07-15 20:49
Wonderful composition and frame of this market. Wonderfully executed photo of daily life with fantastic colors, sharpness, clarity. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing. I like it.
All the best,
SnapRJW (30002) 2012-07-16 1:36
Hello Takero - Something a little different from you here and very interesting too! Japan seems to have endless cultural and traditional events which provide you with wonderful subject matter. I like this 'informal' shot. Love the POV looking up towards the plant and young girl's face. I had a great-aunt who used to grow these little lanterns and loved them, she told me they were lanterns for fairies! Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (102973) 2012-07-17 10:05
Bon POV bas sur l'expression de la jeune vendeuse, intéressante note sur ces plantes, beaucoup de couleurs, détails, jolie scéne
mkamionka (29732) 2012-07-19 11:47
excellent photo as usually.
I like the busy composition, the picture is full of interesting traditional elements. The girl is charming and holds one more interesting item.
Very vivid eye catching colors,
Angshu (55035) 2012-07-23 22:03
Hello dear Takero-san
Good picture from your low POV looking up which adds dignity & gravity to the girl with the cherry plant in her hand. The BG & the roofing of the market adds to the scene. I think you're sharing a picture of this festval for the first time, but I can easily be mistaken!
- Copyright: Takero KAWABATA (bukitgolfb301) (34924)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-10
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Canon 5D Mark‡V, Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L-USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-15 7:33