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Hagi (Japanese bush clover) Festival at Mukojima Hyakkaen

Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden at Mukojima in Sumida-ku was built in the early 19th century by a wealthy merchant of Edo, Sahara Kiku-u. Hyakka-en means A Hundred Flowers Garden. The garden covers little more than 2 acres but is intensely planted with trees, deciduous shrubs, flowering bushes and a tunnel of bush clover.

Every year at this time of the season, the Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden invites everybody to spend a day to celebrate elegant autumn plant of Japan, Hagi (bush clover) for full blooming. The plant grow wild in fields and mountains throughout Japan. It has long been celebrated in Japanese culture as the first of the "SEVEN PLANTS OF AUTUMN" (aki no nanakusa). Other plants are Obana - Japanese pampas grass, Kuzuhana - Pueraria lobata, Nadeshiko - dianthus, Ominaeshi - Patrinia Scabiosaefoliak, Fujibakama - throughwort and Kikyo - Bellflower. Hagi reaches about 2 meters in height and has many thin branches. In the "MAN YOSHU" Japan's oldest poetic anthology, the hagi is one of the most frequently mentioned plants, appearing in 141of total 4516 poems.

Days: Sept. 16-Oct. 1 in 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shin-nai Nagashi (Shamisen music) 11:30 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 16 (Sat)
Tea Ceremony on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 500 yen

URL: Mukojima Hyakkaen
Access: Higashi-Mukojima Station on Tobu Isezaki Line from Asakusa. 10 minutes walk. or Hikifune Station on Keisei Line
Closed on Mon. Admission: 150 yen.
Telephone: 03-3611-8705

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