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Autumn Dahlia Garden in Ogano

It’s way off the beaten track and billed as the biggest Dahlia garden in Kanto.

fuku ha uchi

The dahlia are bigger than the local kindergartners! The orange variety of dahlia is called “fuku ha uchi” which means keep the good fortune inside your house, and is chanted in early February while throwing soya beans out of your windows! (The second half of the chant is “oni ha soto”, or devils go outside).

Out of the hundreds of varieties of dahlia, all shapes, colors and sizes, the kids noticed the one variety called “Santa Claus!” Here it is:

red and white one is santa claus!

red and white one is santa claus!

This one is named after me:

"Stars Lady" variety of dahlia

“Stars Lady” variety of dahlia

 

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Bye kids!