photo by teerayut hiruntaraporn
Japan’s cherry blossoms usually get all the attention for their short-lived beauty. But equally ephemeral are Japan’s Nemophila, or Baby Blue Eyes. And once a year, around late April to Early May, an astounding sea of 5.3 million of these little flowers cover the land for a little over a week. If you missed the cherry blossoms you can still catch these.
photo by kobaken
Hitachi Seaside Park is located on the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, a little over 2 hours north of Tokyo. There, according to this helpful flower calendar, 5.3 million of these Baby Blue Eyes paint the hills blue in Spring in an event referred to as “Nemophila Harmony.” And according to the calendar, peak bloom is a bit earlier this year: April 15th – 22, 2023.
It’s worth noting that a few of these photos have been digitally manipulated, but mainly to remove people from the photos because “it’s impossible to capture this without any people in the field,” says one of the photographers. ” Especially in the Golden Week Period.” You’ve been warned.
photo by ituki kadiwara
photo by Megu
photo by atsuyoshi motoyama
photo by Syota Takahashi
Editor’s note: this article was originally written in 2015 and has been updated to reflect most-recent information.