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 Ni-no-maru outer wall. As well as chrysanthemums there are some beautiful bonsai trees on display.
The 2016 Chrysanthemum Exhibition runs from October 29-November 13. Click here for details.