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Great balls of fire! 33,000 red kochia bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park attract tourists from all over Japan04:57

Great balls of fire! 33,000 red kochia bushes in Hitachi Seaside Park attract tourists from all over Japan

Japan, Hitachinaka
October 20, 2022 at 20:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Visitors from across Japan flocked to Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, to see the dazzling display of red kochia bushes, as seen in the footage filmed on Thursday.

Around 33,000 of the crimson plants, also known as the 'fireweed' or 'burning bush', covered 1.9 hectares of the park.

"They grow large in the summer sun, and in summer, beautiful lime green kochias line the gazebo hill. In early October, the leaves begin to turn from green to red, and by mid-October, they turn bright red like this," said Miki Hoshi, a public relations worker at the park.

"We are currently in the second half of the fall foliage season, and you will be able to see this scenery until around the end of this week," she continued.

Kochia is an annual herb native to the arid regions of Eurasia. In Japan, it is called 'broom grass', because it was once used for sweeping.

Visitors also had the chance to view the pink cosmos flowers, which were in full bloom.

"The Japanese name for cosmos is 'autumn cherry blossom'. The cosmos is just now being enjoyed, and together with the kochia, it is now being enjoyed as an autumn scenery in the park," explained Miki Hoshi.

The park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, covering nearly 200 hectares.

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Visitors from across Japan flocked to Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, to see the dazzling display of red kochia bushes, as seen in the footage filmed on Thursday.

Around 33,000 of the crimson plants, also known as the 'fireweed' or 'burning bush', covered 1.9 hectares of the park.

"They grow large in the summer sun, and in summer, beautiful lime green kochias line the gazebo hill. In early October, the leaves begin to turn from green to red, and by mid-October, they turn bright red like this," said Miki Hoshi, a public relations worker at the park.

"We are currently in the second half of the fall foliage season, and you will be able to see this scenery until around the end of this week," she continued.

Kochia is an annual herb native to the arid regions of Eurasia. In Japan, it is called 'broom grass', because it was once used for sweeping.

Visitors also had the chance to view the pink cosmos flowers, which were in full bloom.

"The Japanese name for cosmos is 'autumn cherry blossom'. The cosmos is just now being enjoyed, and together with the kochia, it is now being enjoyed as an autumn scenery in the park," explained Miki Hoshi.

The park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, covering nearly 200 hectares.