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The Flowers of Konan Ward

Various Flowers of Konan Ward

Konan Ward produces a variety of flowers throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy beautiful flowers at several notable sightseeing spots.

Type of Flower When: Introduction
Narcissus Early to mid-April The Yokogoshi district of Konan Ward has the highest production volume of narcissus bulbs in all of Japan. From early to mid-April、 these white and yellow flowers brighten the fields in the Somi area.
Farmers plant narcissus bulbs in the fall of the previous year、 and the flowers bloom in March at the earliest or in early May at the latest. In order to let the bulbs grow larger、 the flowers are left uncut in the fields until July、 when they are pulled out of the soil. In August、 the new bulbs are shipped to destinations all around Japan.
The cultivation of narcissus bulbs is flourishing throughout Niigata Prefecture. Countless varieties are planted each year to suit the needs and tastes of consumers.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Cherry Blossoms Mid-April The Yokogoshi Drainage Canal (nicknamed Sugobori by locals) runs from Yokogoshi to Ishiyama、 across the agricultural area that stretches from Myogadani in the Oeyama district all the way to the expressway. About 420 cherry trees are lined up along roughly 3.5 kilometers of this canal. When the trees flower in April、 paper lanterns are hung up to allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms even at night、 making this one of the top locations for cherry blossom viewing.
This long row of cherry trees was planted in 1989 for environmental beautification and community development. The residents of Oeyama and Ishiyama donated money to purchase Prunus yedoensis saplings and then planted the new trees themselves. They are now a beautiful asset to the community and treasured by all the local residents.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
 Tulip Mid-to late April The tulip is the official flower of Niigata City.
Konan Ward is one of the leading producers of tulip bulbs in Niigata Prefecture. In the spring、 tulips in all sorts of shapes and colors sprout across the landscape.
Every year in late April、 many people come to the tulip fields to pick individual flowers、 which come in different colors like red、 white、 purple、 and yellow. These blossoms are used to create large works of art called hana-e ("flower pictures")、 which are then set up throughout the city to be enjoyed by everyone.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Pear Blossoms Late April Pear cultivation is flourishing in Konan Ward. In late April、 when the pear trees are blooming and the days are clear and peaceful、 growers pollinate the pear blossoms.
To do this、 pear growers put pollen on brushes and on bonten、 or tools that resemble the cotton end of a Q-tip. Then the whole family comes out to nimbly brush pollen onto each and every flower. In May、 unnecessary undersized fruits are picked while the larger pears are covered by a small bag and left to grow. The growers work hard to cultivate these pears、 paying close attention to fertilization、 disease prevention、 pest control、 and threatening typhoons.
In August、 the harvest of Kosui pears begins throughout Konan Ward、 followed by the picking of Hosui pears、 20th Century pears、 Niitaka pears、 and Shinko pears by December. A variety of Western pear called Le Lectier is also grown here.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Gyoiko (Green Cherry Blossom) Late April to early May The double-flowered cherry tree variety Gyoiko features unusual light green blossoms that bloom from late April to early May. Many people come out to see these blossoms.
Three Gyoiko trees are planted on the banks of the Kitayama-ike Pond. Right beside them grow double-flowered cherry trees with pink blossoms、 making the pale green petals of the Gyoiko stand out even more. This rare sight draws many visitors who spend hours gazing at the blossoms and taking photos. Within a few days of opening up、 the green cherry blossoms turn red at their center.
Gyoiku can be seen in other parts of Japan、 but these are said to be few in number.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Wisteria Mid-May The Northern Culture Museum、 once the mansion of wealthy farmers、 has a giant wisteria vine over 150 years old. The best time of year to see it is in mid-May.
Located in the center of the museum premises、 this beautiful、 rambling wisteria grows over an extensive lattice、 its purple blossoms spilling over the edge and filling the garden with their sweet scent. It is a delight for all visitors to the museum.
 外部サイトへリンク 新規ウインドウで開きます。Northern Culture Museum Website http://hoppou-bunka.com/(外部サイト)
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Hydrangea Late June to mid-July Ten years ago、 the people of Marugata (Kameda district) planted cherry blossom trees along the Seigoro Drainage Canal. When repairs were made on the canal four years ago、 the people of Marugata-shinden (Sonoki district) took the opportunity to plant hydrangeas as well.
Every year since then、 the people enjoy the cherry blossoms in the spring and the hydrangeas in early summer. The beautiful scenery attracts many visitors to the area.
The pretty blue、 purple、 and pink hydrangeas along the canal are in full bloom from late June to mid-July. The local residents hold an annual Hydrangea Lantern Festival in the middle of July、 during which lanterns illuminate the flowers in the evenings.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
New Easter Lily Variety "White Aga" July to October The New Easter Lily "White Aga" is an official "Food & Flower Product" of Niigata City.
The White Aga was created by the former Oeyama Agricultural Cooperative through selective breeding. This variety features large flowers and dark green、 glossy leaves. It has a long flowering period、 a resistance against disease、 and the characteristic sweet scent of lilies. With its pure white color and elegant shape、 this flower is called "the fair lady that blooms in Aga". Cultivators of the White Aga take care to regulate the temperatures while the flower grows. The plant is available for shipping between July and October.
In addition to the White Aga、 the Oeyama area grows a wide variety of other lilies and chrysanthemums.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Edible Chrysanthemum September to November Kakinomoto、 or edible purple chrysanthemums、 are another designated "Food & Flower Product" of Niigata City. Niigata and parts of the Tohoku/Hokuriku region are the only areas of Japan where the tradition of eating chrysanthemums exists. It is said that this culinary tradition began in the Edo period (1600-1868). In Niigata、 purple and yellow edible chrysanthemums have been grown in the fields and gardens of farmers since days of old.
Outdoor cultivation takes place from September to November、 and the flowers are harvested until the first frost comes. The chrysanthemums are also grown in greenhouses. In Niigata City、 Minami Ward is the center of edible chrysanthemum production、 but vast fields of these flowers can also be found throughout Konan Ward、 where they are grown to be sold or to be used at home.
The Oeyama area is also known for growing chrysanthemums that are not eaten、 but simply appreciated with the eye.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Iris December to March The Sonoki area ships many irises. Niigata City is ranked first in the nation in terms of both iris cultivation area and production volume. Within the city、 the Sonoki area is the number one in terms of iris production volume、 cultivating both cut flowers and flower bulbs.
Iris bulbs are dug up from the soil around July and placed in cold storage to allow the bulbs to experience low temperatures. Then、 in September、 the bulbs are planted and carefully nurtured、 with the growers being careful about soil quality and disease. Cut flowers grown in greenhouses are available for shipping from the end of November until March. The iris flowers are cut while they are still mere buds、 then transported to the marketplace.
Though the number of blue flower varieties has generally been decreasing these days、 these beautiful blue and purple irises are quite popular.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Greenhouse-grown Tulip December to April Niigata City boasts the greatest production volume of cut tulip flowers in Japan.
Yokogoshi、 Sonoki、 and Ryokawa are the leading cut tulip flower producing areas in the city. Even when the fields are covered in snow in the winter、 tulips are grown inside greenhouses.
To create cut tulips、 strict attention must be paid to temperature and soil、 as well as to the shipping time. Growers check the bud development and color of each individual flower to make sure that the tulips will be in their prime when they reach the consumer.
Type of Flower When: Introduction
Plum Blossom Late March The Kameda area is the top producer of plums in all of Niigata Prefecture. Each March、 when the plum blossoms bloom、 the annual Kameda Plum Festival is held in order to widely promote its special locally produced plums.
During this event、 visitors can follow signs and flags along a 1.8-kilometer walking course through a plum grove to see the pale pink plum blossoms and enjoy their sweet scent. Along this "Plum Walking Route"、 rest areas are set up where people can enjoy sweet sake、 receive free pruned plum branches、 and enjoy other activities. At the finish line of the course、 dried Togoro plums and other local agricultural products are offered for sale.
From mid- to late June、 the tart and fragrant plums are harvested in large quantities.
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