People love their flowers in Japan, and none more so than the chrysanthemum, or kiku (菊). It is the symbol of the imperial family and growers take great pains to craft the growth of the petals. Every autumn local growers show off their brightly colored blooms in the grounds of Hiroshima Castle.
The exhibition usually starts the same weekend as the Food Festival that is held in the area, and every year, the centerpiece of the exhibition is a large thematic display just past the main gate to the ninomaru outer wall. This year it was a kagura dance theme, featuring the eight-headed serpent from the tale of Yahata-no-orochi. In 2012, it was Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. As well as chrysanthemums there are some beautiful bonsai trees on display.