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Higanbana blooms in September

Higanbana, or Spider Lily, is a seasonal flower that tells the arrival of Autumn. Higanbana usually begins blooming in the middle of September, around the equinoctial week called Higan or O-Higan.

Higanbana blooms around the O-Higan period

O-Higan is an observance to give thanks to origins and nature. O-Higan is a period of 7days includes 3 days before and after the day of Autumnal Equinox Day. During the O-Higan period, people visit the family grave at the cemetery to remember their past family members and gratitude their ancestors.

Since it blooms around O-Higan period, this flower is called Higanbana (Higan flower) and is also called Manjushage or Manjusaka, meaning “the flower blooming in heaven” in Sanskrit. Higanbana is associated with Buddhism and the flowers are often seen at temples or Japanese gardens.

The root of Higanbana is toxic. They are often grown at places surrounding rice fields and along riversides to drive out moles or rats.

Gardens and Parks in Tokyo with Higanbana flowers

Kasai Rinkaikoen Park 葛西臨海公園(Admission Free for Park)
Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.
1-min walk from Kasairinkaikoen Station on the JR Keiyo Line

Kyu-Shibarikyu Garden 旧芝離宮恩賜庭園
Minato-ku, Tokyo
1-min walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station

Hamarikyu Garden 浜離宮恩賜庭園
Minato-ku, Tokyo
15-min walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station

Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
8-min walk from JR Iidabashi Station

Hibiya Park 日比谷公園 (Admission Free)
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
8-min walk from JR Yurakucho Station

Shouwakinen Park 国営昭和記念公園
Tachikawa and Akishima City, Tokyo
10-min walk from JR Tachikawa Station

Related info website

Info by Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

Let's Enjoy Tokyo (Japanese website)