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Summer has sprung in all its glory and thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of spellbinding photos. Although we can’t visit flower fields across the globe right now due to the global pandemic, the jaw-dropping photos of over five million blue flowers in Japan have left us in awe. By Upasana Singh

Japan is famous for its pink cherry blossoms. When we think of the East Asian country’s natural environment, the pink-hued streets are the first thing that comes to mind. The national flower is most popular among tourists, many of whom plan their vacation centred around the cherry blossom festival. But currently, we are awestruck by millions of tiny, blue flowers that are blooming at Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, located two hours north of Tokyo. Though the park is closed right now and visitors are not permitted to enter, pictures of the gorgeous blue flowers blanketing the park have been making rounds all over the internet.

 

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The flowers are a species of nemophila, commonly referred to as ‘baby blue eyes’. Although they can be currently seen in Japan, they are mainly native to the United States. Grown annually, the flowers have five petals and are bell or cup-shaped, all in shades of blue and purple. They are popular for container gardens and as ground covers, like the one in Hitachi. According to the park’s website, they only grow up to 20 cm and produce flowers between 2-3 cm in size. This makes the full bloom all the more impressive.

A never-ending sea of blue merging into the blue skies can be witnessed during the spring season. Usually, thousands of tourists can be seen trying to get Instagram-worthy pictures at this time. Perhaps, due to the closure of the park given the pandemic, the absence of people in the blue fields makes it particularly prominent.

 

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Moreover, apart from the nemophila, you can also find incredible sights of a variety of flowers at the Hitachi Seaside Park. One million daffodils bloom in spring at the Narcissus Garden, while 26,000 tulips are planted at the Tamago Flower Garden. Sprawled across 190 hectares, the park is a utopia of gorgeous flora.

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