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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.

(Extra info)
The root of Higanbana is toxic. They are often grown at places surrounding rice fields so to drive out moles or rats.

Gardens and Parks in Tokyo with Higanbana flowers

Kasai Rinkaikoen Park 葛西臨海公園
Kyu-Shibarikyu Garden 旧芝離宮恩賜庭園
Hamarikyu Garden 浜離宮恩賜庭園
Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園
Shouwakinen Park 国営昭和記念公園
Hibiya Park 日比谷公園

Related info website

Info by Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/

Let's Enjoy Tokyo (Japanese website)
http://flower.enjoytokyo.jp/higanbana/
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