Everyone who has lived in Japan for a while is familiar with Susuki grassu, one of the symbols of Autumn here. But walking around the countryside here in Chiba in October, one also can't miss the bright yellow flowers that cover the fields at this time of year, and must wonder why they aren't equally as famous.
These flowers are called Seitaka-awadachoisou セイタカアワダチソウ in Japanese, and grow in similar environments to susuki grass, sunny open spaces, especially old rice fields or river banks. But unlike susuki grass, they are not native to Japan.
The english name for this plant is in fact Canada Golden Rod. It is native to north America, but has been in Japan for about 40 years now. I wrote about this plant in one of my blog posts last year, in Japanese though.
Funny, I called that blog post Shihatsu, which means first train. On Saturday I was out testing the focus on a new camera lense and decided this local train would be a good subject to test it on.
It wasn't till I was reviewing the photos later on that night that I remembered about taking a similar photo this early one morning last year of the same train early one the morning, and in the foreground was some susuki grass.
Maybe trains are an October thing?
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