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Kutchan Shiba Zakura - Field of Flowers
Hokkaido

Every year in late spring Mr Mishima's amazing garden comes into bloom. Located on the outskirts Kutchan town in Hokkaido Japan the garden is a very popular spot and is open to the public to wander around in and enjoy the beuatiful colors and scent of the Shiba Zakura flowers.In the garden Mr Mishima sculptured the local geography and you can see his version of a snow capped Mt Yotei framed in front of the real thing in this panorama !

I haven't boosted the colors in this panorama the flowers really are that bright. Mr Mishima is standing above the garden in the green hat chatting to some visitors.

Check it out if you are in the area - well worth a look but go as soon as you can because the flowers won't be blooming for much longer.

Copyright: Glen Claydon
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Uploaded: 12/06/2010
Updated: 18/09/2014
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Tags: kutchan; niseko; hirafu; spring; flowers; garden; outdoors
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