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Hokubo Cosmos Field

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/11 Travel & View point , ,

When a colleague invited me to go cosmos viewing, I was hesitant at first. I’ve seen cosmos around the neighborhood where I lived in Japan. Sure, they are nice, beautiful flowers but they don’t draw me as much as roses, sunflowers, or my personal favourite, lilies. But rather than being stuck in the dormitory with nothing else to do, I gladly agreed to come.

Maniwa City, a City of Cosmos

Along with two other female colleagues, we headed to Maniwa City in the north-central part of Okayama prefecture. With just a map (dated 2008) to guide us and subsequently making  a few wrong turns along the way, we went to Hokubo Cosmos Field. Upon reaching Hokubo, we were directed to a school where we parked the car. We then rode a shuttle bus to the Cosmos Field.

Alighting from the bus, I was amazed at the sight of the cosmos stretching over  the field. Unlike the ones I saw around my place which grew sparsely here and there, in Hokubo, the cosmos flowers were densely planted in neat rows. The flowers came in pink, white, deep pink, and maroon colours. It was simply breathtaking.

We then started taking pictures of the flowers and of the surrounding scenery.  I’m not  good at taking  pictures. I just aim and click without  fussing over things like composition and lighting. Thus, the shots I took didn’t really give justice to the beauty of the place.

At first we were just by the perimeter of the flower beds snapping away with our cameras but then we noticed other people going in to the beds and among the flowers. So we followed suit and took turns to have our solo pictures taken. One must be extra careful though  not to step on the plants as the spaces between each row are small.

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People weren’t the only ones admiring and swarming the flowers. There were a lot of bees too. One too many of our photo sessions were interrupted because of the presence of these stingers.

Nearby, there were also a lot of food stalls. So after our eyes had feasted on the sight of the flowers, we proceeded to another kind of feast to satiate our rumbling bellies. While eating, we watched some program/show on the stage erected nearby. Mostly they were dance performances from school children.

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We left Hokubo way before lunchtime as we  intended to eat lunch at our next stop in nearby Takahashi City.

We’re on the news!

Days after our trip, our colleague was reading a local daily. She chanced upon an article about the Cosmos Field in Hokubo. Upon closer inspection of the accompanying photo she was surprised to  found out that we — the four of us — were in it. Our other companion then contacted the newspaper company if we can have a copy of that photo as souvenir. Fortunately they agreed but on condition that we not use it other than for personal purposes.

I then happily told my Japanese sensei about the newspaper article. On our next study session, she gave me a clipping of the article for souvenir. Sensei’s household had a different newspaper subscription so she went to a neighbour who had the same newspaper and asked for the clipping.

Having our picture on a newspaper(in a good light, of course), however small, hazy and insignificant our faces were, was for me the highlight of the trip. Its rare to have your face on one much less on a foreign paper.

Come October and you find yourselves wishing to see this beautiful scene with your own eyes, visit this link for more information regarding viewing schedules, access maps, etc.

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