Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sunflower Festival at Ibaraki in early September
Following my grape picking experience at Tochigi, the day tour brought my friend and I to Ibaraki prefecture (茨城県), Chikusei city（筑西市）, for their Sunflower festival!
We were tremendously satisfied with the beautiful sunflowers and my friend gave me one in hope that it could give me energy to recover :) I placed it in a glass jar after I got home but noticed some black dirt below the flower the next morning. Suspicious that it could be insect dropping, I immediately tossed the sunflower into my veranda (sorry friend, but I hate insects). I wasn't 100% sure if it was droppings or something from the sunflowers so I didn't warn my friend about it. Unfortunately for her, it turned out to be true. She had placed the flowers in her bedroom and woke up a few days later to crawling worms all over her wall and curtains. Yikes, CREEEEEEPY! Her poor husband had to help her catch all the creepy worms and throw the sunflowers away. Well… there's always an ugly side to beautiful things!
Lesson: Always throw away the flowers if you notice black dirt like insect droppings below.
Here is the link to the complete list of sunflower spots all over Japan if you can understand some Japanese: http://www.himawaribatake.net/list.php