These unbelievably gorgeous neon-pink blanket here is called Shibazakura, or known as well as the ‘moss phlox’. Fully bloomed between mid May-early June, the idea was originally founded by park keeper Heiji Kaotaka in 1957.
After the cherry trees around town were smashed by a typhoon, he started to grow the colony in a small cardboard on the ground. Now, Takinoue Park has the world’s largest moss phlox colonies that spans about 100,000 square metre and local administrators call themselves a ‘Fairy-tale-town’.
A well deserved title, I must say :).