Saga's Early April Flowers

Rape blossoms and moss phlox follow the cherry blossoms

 By Tristan Scholze   Apr 14, 2015

The Saga countryside teems with beauty in the details at any time of year. In early April, the ume (plum blossoms) and sakura (cherry blossoms) have just passed. Deeper shades of green start to return to the mountainsides, and the rice fields are just beginning to be prepared for tilling and flooding. New flowers appear in great colorful swaths: the nanohana (rape blossoms) and shibazakura (moss phlox). Look for nanohana along rice fields and rivers and even in fields of their own; shibazakura often add life to home gardens and street corners. These photos are from the picturesque village of Mitsuse, filled with cafés and hiking

なのはな(菜の花)nanohana—rape blossoms (Brassica rapa)
シバザクラ(芝桜)shibazakura—moss phlox (Phlox subulata)

Photography by Tristan Scholze
Japan Travel Partner

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Olga Kaneda 2 years ago
Loved the rainfall!
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