Chrysanthemum Festivals!

On November 7, Christina and I went to a chrysanthemum festival near Osaka with Tomoko-san and Yoko Arakawa. Yokon-san is responsible for creating Longwood Garden’s 1000 Bloom Chrysanthemum every year.

Chrisina, Me, Yoko-san, and Tomoko-san in front of the 1000 bloom mum created by Yoko-san's sensei.

Chrisina, Me, Yoko-san, and Tomoko-san in front of the 1000 bloom mum created by Yoko-san’s sensei.

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An Emperor Chrysanthemum

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The blossoms may appear small in the photo, but many mums on display were larger than my open hand.

My favorite flower on display. A spider chrysanthemum.

My favorite flower on display. A spider chrysanthemum.

If "normal" bonsai wasn't challenging enough, there's Chrysanthemum bonsai!

If “normal” bonsai wasn’t challenging enough, there’s Chrysanthemum bonsai!

Afterwards, we went to Hirakata Park to see their Chrysanthemum dolls.

They should be called mannequins, as these dolls are life size.

They should be called mannequins, as these dolls are life size.

The dolls are wooden frames which Chrysanthemums are placed inside with sphagnum moss. The chrysanthemums are then trained over the frame.

The dolls are wooden frames which Chrysanthemums are placed inside with sphagnum moss. The chrysanthemums are then trained over the frame.

Kawaii!

Kawaii!

On November 15, Christina and I went to visit Sorakuen to see their Chrysanthemum display. While we were training at Sorakuen in September, they were beginning to construct the Chrysanthemum display.

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It finally feels like autumn!

It finally feels like autumn!

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