Summer is here and the vibrant, yellow sunflowers are in full blossom! They are such the happiest of flowers and have the natural ability to brighten one’s mood like no other. The informational site called Himawari Batake (Sunflower Field) provides a complete listing of sunflower fields in Japan. The closest fields to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, are in Zama. Even though I missed the 2014 Zama Sunflower Festival at the Kurihara venue by one day (July 24-29th), most of the statuesque flowers were still in their full glory. The good news is, if you’re still interested in sunflower viewing and street fair festivities, the next Zama Sunflower Festival will be held from August 14-19th at the Zama venue.
For additional information, please also read "Zama Sunflower Festival." A photo story written by Carrie Jacobs on JapanTravel.
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From San Diego, California, I lived in Japan for 5 years and am now in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2010, I arrived in Yokosuka with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶