Shibazakura, phlox subulata or moss phlox in English, is originally from North America. The flowers look like small cherry blossoms and cover the ground like grass, thus the name Shibazakura in Japanese (shiba=grass, sakura=cherry blossoms).
There were nine different types of Shibazakura that cover the 17,600 sqm (4.3 acres) hillside in various colors. The design is based on the traditional clothes the float riders wear participating in the Chichibu Yomatsuri, a very large festival in this area.
Although the flowers itself are very small and simple, seeing it cover the hill is quite impressive. I noticed a very sweet scent in the air from the Shibazakura, too. I may have gotten slightly high from that at one point. Did I also mention you get a fabulous view of the massive mountain, Bukosan (武甲山)? It was beautiful. And they also served sakura flavored soft serve!
Now doesn’t that make you want to go see this Shibazakura hill next year? x
6 thoughts on “The Shibazakura Hill in Chichibu”
It is impressive , yes i d like to see it with my own eyes ! beautiful 😉
Absolutely breathtaking. Every year I mean to go; every year something prevents me from going. So I'm semi-jealous, semi-glad you went so that I can enjoy it via your photos. 🙂
PS: I was expecting pink toenails in sandals. ^^
I don't think I've ever seen so much pink. When you lived over here, did you ever visit Lompoc? Flowers for as far as the eye can see; they grow them for seed, I believe.
I hope you get to some day, Babzy! 😀
I know how that is…I just realized I hadn't been here in over eight years! Maybe we should take turns going every year 😉
I had to look up Lompoc, it looks amazing! Especially knowing that they are grown as a product. I would love to live near there.