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Sekikawa riverbank: One million cosmos are in full bloom! (Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture)

2021.11.2

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The cosmos are in full bloom along the riverbank of the Seki River, which runs through Joetsu City near National Highway No. 8.

The cosmos blooms on the right bank of the Seki River across National Highway No. 8.  The flowers stretch for 1-km and cover an area of about five hectaress.

The citizen group “Riverside Dream Story” grows the cosmos.  Akizo Tsukakoshi, the representative of the group, first sowed seeds 22 years ago to encourage a friend who was hospitalized at the hospital near the riverbed.

Last year, the seeds were not sown due to COVID-19.  But this year, the 4th grade students of Joetsu Municipal Kasuga Shinden Elementary School also participated and helped with garbage picking and sowing.

The seeds were sown in September, and now the pink cosmos and white cosmos are in full bloom, There are several shades of color.  Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy on November 2nd (Tuesday), but many people enjoyed taking pictures while strolling through the cosmos fields.  The best time to see them is over the next few weeks.

Sekikawa riverbank cosmos field