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This Japanese Garden Is So Colorful It Will Turn The Brownest Of Thumbs Green

Hitachi Seaside Park

Just two hours from Tokyo in the city of Hitachinaka is one of the world’s most colorful parks — Hitachi Seaside Park. Covering almost 500 acres, the vast park is home to thousands of blooms, and draws millions of tourists throughout the year. Visitors can see everything from roses and daffodils to zinnias and poppies, and can feast their eyes (and feet!) on a scenic train route and cycling tours, as well as a giant “flower ring” ferris wheel.

Because Hitachi Seaside Park grows hundreds of distinct flower species, the month you visit can greatly impact the kind of park you see. Sometimes its hills are rainbow-striped, with more than 260 tulip species on display. At other times, when four-and-a-half million nemophila make an appearance in what’s called “Nemophila Harmony,” the park turns monochromatic blue.

If you can’t make the trip out, you can still take part in the visual feast in the gallery below:

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Hitachi Seaside Park Narcissus

There are more than 550 distinct narcissus species in the park. Source: DPlus Guide

Hitachi Seaside Park Suisen

Spring means Suisen Fantasy is in full swing at the Hitachi Seaside Park. Source: Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park Tulips

The colorful tulip fields are one of Hitachi Seaside Park’s biggest attractions. Source: Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park Serpent Garden

The tulip fields are in bloom from mid to late April. Source: Agustin Rafael Reyes

Hitachi Seaside Park Blooms

Visitors can see more than 270,000 tulips representing over 260 species. Source: Trover

Hitachi Seaside Park Nemophila

4.5 million Nemophila blooms turn the park into a sea of blue. Source: Hexapolis

Hitachi Seaside Park Blooms Close

Source: Tokyo Lolas

Hitachi Seaside Park Blue

Nemophila are more commonly called “baby blue eyes.” Source: World’s Awesome Places

Hitachi Seaside Park Nemophila Girl

The flowers bloom every April through May. Source: Hexapolis

Hitachi Seaside Park Rose Garden

In early autumn and summer, more than 3,000 roses bloom in the Hitachi Rose Garden. Source: Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park Kochia

For most of the year, the Kochia plants look like ordinary green bushes. Source: Life in Yamaguchi

Hitachi Seaside Park Incredible

Yet in autumn, they transform Hitachi Seaside Park into a sea of burning red bushes. Source: Dad & the Code

Hitachi Seaside Park Kochia Hill

Kochia plants (aka summer cypress) are often used to make brooms. Source: Japan Guide

Hitachi Seaside Park Sky

Source: Panoramio

Hitachi Seaside Park October

This is what Hitachi Seaside Park looks like in October. Source: Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park Tourists

Source: Todanang

Hitachi Seaside Park Cosmos

Source: Japanize

Hitachi Seaside Park Ice Tulips

Though winter isn’t a big season for blooms, beautiful ice tulips like these brighten up the park from December through the middle of January. Source: Hitachi Seaside Park

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Watch this vlog to take a virtual tour of the park on a day when the area’s baby blue eyes turn the landscape a dreamy aqua shade.

This video captures the beauty of Hitachi Seaside Park on a colorful autumn day.

Photo Of The Day: Japanese Paradise Flycatcher Feeding Its Baby

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher

Image Source: Reddit

The Japanese paradise flycatcher, also called the black paradise flycatcher, is a migratory bird found in many Asian countries including South Korea, Taiwan, and the far north Philippines. Recently, a survey discovered a steep decline in part of the colorful birds’ breeding population, which has presumably occurred because of forest loss and environmental degradation.

Why You Need To Drop What You’re Doing And Hop On The Trans-Siberian Railway

Transsiberian Railway Red Arrow

The classic Red Arrow line connects St. Petersburg and Moscow, and for many travelers, this is where the train journey across Russia begins. Source: John Schellhase (Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

Crossing Russia on the Trans-Siberian railway remains one of the grand adventures of world travel. Most travelers, though not all, make stops along the 6,000 miles of track that cross seven time zones between Moscow and the Pacific Ocean. Some passengers disembark to see old monasteries or exquisite churches, others to explore Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. In the end, though, the charm of the journey is found aboard the train itself. The tracks crisscrossing Siberia seduce sojourners through five gentle – yet hard to find – pleasures.

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New Study Shows That HIV Prevention Pill Is Literally 100% Effective

Truvada Man Holding Pill

Image Source: The Huffington Post

Recently, 600 healthy subjects considered to be at high risk for contracting HIV were given the daily prevention pill, Truvada. When the study ended, not a single subject had contracted HIV. Success rates of 100 percent are practically unheard of in medical research, so the new study understandably has researchers ecstatic.

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