In Zama, Japan, there’s an expanse of five-foot sunflowers to challenge Oz’s sea of poppies. Fortunately for visitors to this July-August display, the half a million yellow blooms have a more enlivening effect. At the Sunflower Festival, or Himawari Matsuri, sunflower products of every sort are sold—from ordinary seeds to the more unusual pasta. An elevated platform hugs the edge of the field, so that visitors can take bird’s-eye shots of the cheery flowers themselves.


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ABOUT JANET WLODY - Janet is a senior at Kenyon College studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She has a particular affinity for American literature, and enjoys discovering the narrative(s) behind a piece of art. GBlog is her blogging debut, and she is grateful for newfound exposure to objects such as the “Bug Light.” (She favors the stately praying mantis.)