I've seen this vine every year since coming to Japan, often with a particular, very large, black butterfly fluttering around it. The one who wouldn't sit still last week . You'd think I'd have looked it up earlier, but that's what comes of not having a flower book until last summer. It's called "Yabukarashi" (Cayratia Japonica). I think most people see it as a weed, but up close, it's lacy and beautiful. See?
But look closer... ooh!
the well bucket-entangled
I ask for water
by chiyo-ni, considered the greatest female Haiku poet.
I walk to work
Here is the beautiful woodcut by Utagawa depicting Chiyo-ni beside the entangled bucket...
Mata asobou, ne!
p.s.--Here's the butterfly who (usually) likes the Yabukarashi vine. I found him paying a visit to the first graders' morning glories at school (though they're nearly done now):
atrophaneura alcinous,is also found in Japan.
Can p.s.'s be this long?