The other day, we – Sam and Tuna – embarked on a 2-hour bus ride from Tokyo to Ibaraki prefecture for the “Kochia Carnival” to see cute, plump red kochia bushes grown in abundance at Hitachi Seaside Park (国営ひたち海浜公園).
It is almost the end of Summer. If you visit Japan during the period, you might see Japanese people walking the parade and carrying Golden Wagon along the street.
You might wonder what are they doing? Is it okay to join the parade?
For those who are in Japan now, although it is a bit too early to see the Somei-yoshino sakura, I have good news for you. Okame sakura is now in full bloom. You don’t have to even travel far to see it.
Nihonbashi sakura festival