NoticeAsama-Fuuro : Geranium soboliferum
Her Majesty composed this poem after watching the little Princesses Mako and Kako at play in the garden of the Palace Residence. The trail they left behind as they romped through the tall grasses, reminded her of the track left by the wild creatures, and she was filled with loving tenderness for them, so small and vulnerable.
Following Their Majesties' laying of a floral wreath at the National Monument, a group of war victims came in procession, each bearing a single white chrysanthemum flower, and after placing them against the enclosure of the Monument, they went away. After Their Majesties had returned in the evening to the Royal Guesthouse, they viewed with deep emotion the Monument which could be seen from their window with the wreath His Majesty had placed during the day and, one step below, along with it, the chrysanthemums also that had been brought inside the enclosure in the afternoon, all now seeming as if afloat in the light of the summer's white night.