These photos were taken at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki prefecture, a little less than 2 hours north of Tokyo. The crimson ‘grass’ seems to have many different names, including Kochia and Nemophila in English, and Kokia and Houkigi (broom tree) in Japanese! They might look soft and cute from a distance, but they’re actually quite hard and coarse! During summer, they are green as grass, then as the pink, red and white cosmoses start to bloom, the kochia begin to turn crimson red! They stay this way for just a few weeks. It is a sensational sight!
All year round, the Park has a beautiful array of blooming flowers. Check out the Flower Calendar here! > http://en.hitachikaihin.jp