Nishiyama Park's Moss Pink Mountain

Pink moss phlox cushion on a warm spring day in Fukui

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Nishiyama Park in Sabae City, Fukui, is famous for its seasonal beauty. The 1,000 cherry trees in the park will bloom in unison in spring, and in May its 50,000 azaleas will celebrate the coming of early summer. In fall the whole hill will be colored in red with gorgeous autumn leaves. But did you know they also have pretty pink moss phlox flowers that will decorate the hillsides in late April? I didn't, and was surprised when I actually saw them. Wow, how pretty! They look like a pink fluffy mountain on which I would have taken a nap lying down, but I was afraid I would get caught and end up in jail! I'm sure you'll come to see azaleas here in May, but don't forget to pay attention to these pretty flowers!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.