Asagao, morning glory

Asagao, morning-glory is a typical summer flower here.  Japanese sweets served at a tea ceremony usually represent the season.  Asagao is often used as a summer theme for the sweets.

The flowers open only in the morning and close in the afternoon.  Now elementary students often grow this flower during their summer vacation as a part of school assignment.  During the Edo period (the 17th to the mid-19th centuries), samurai, feudal warriors competed to grow morning-glory.  They even bred to create more beautiful or rarer patterned flowers.

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