Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nippon Bells Community on the Karasuyama Line


Rail car JR East Type KiHa 40 (JNR color) leaves Niida Station on the Karasuyama Line

Following the introduction of the JR East Karasuyama Line (see my blog on June 12th, 2013), I am going to show you a beautiful natural flower community on the line.

Look at the following photo. It is an "Iwauchiwa (Nippon Bells)" community seen in Nakagawa Town, Tochigi Prefecture in April. Nippon Bells is a tiny plant; but it is very beautiful when bunched together. Especially, in this area, thousands of natural Nippon Bells fill the slopes of mountains as underbrush of forests. I love these pale pink colored serrated petals. It bids farewell to winter and celebrates the coming of spring in this area. I appreciate that the landlord has been carefully protecting this community and kindly opened it to the public.

In the meantime, I don't know why this plant is named "Nippon" Bells. As you may know, we call our country "Nippon" in Japanese. "Japan" is the English name. Nippon Bells might be an endemic in Japan.

To get to this beautiful spot, take the Karasuyama Line and get off at Karasuyama Terminal. It takes around 50 minutes from Utsunomiya, the main city of Tochigi Prefecture. The diesel rail cars, Type KiHa 40 "JNR color" on the line is my "cup of tea"(see the top photo).

You can enjoy nostalgic diesel trains and beautiful flowers on the Karasuyama Line.

Iwauchiwa (Nippon bells) community near Karasuyama Station on the Karasuyama Line