020-IMG_2115.jpg
The cute little Kiyo Bus takes you to the katakuri (dog's tooth violet) site. It leaves every half hour from Kiyose Station's North Exit. About a 5-min. ride. This was at 8:30 am. 清瀬駅北口 きよバス(called katakuri in Japanese or Erythronium japonicum) grow in early spring (late March). While they are in bloom, they hold the Katakuri Matsuri festival
021-IMG_2106.jpg
Sign pointing to the katakuri flower site.
022-IMG_2118.jpg
No. 4 elementary school (Dai-yon Shogakko) where you get off the bus and where the Information Center is. 第四小学校
023-IMG_2126.jpg
The Information Center is where you can obtain pamphlets about the katakuri flowers and see a photo exhibition.
024-IMG_2131.jpg
Information Center きよせカタクリまつり
025-IMG_2135.jpg
A short walk from the Information Center is Area C (C-chiku), a flat area of woods with katakuri flowers in bloom. C地区
026-IMG_2138.jpg
They even provide a small deck for you to stand on to see the flowers. C地区
027-IMG_2146.jpg
Among the trees and grass, you can see the small purple flowers. C地区
028-IMG_2157.jpg
It is getting rarer to see these flowers in Tokyo. Kiyose has an active movement to help preserve and nuture these flowers every year.
029-IMG_2144.jpg
Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
030-IMG_2141.jpg
Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
031-IMG_2151.jpg
The flower is a member of the lily family, not really a violet.
032-IMG_2161.jpg
A short walk away is Area B which is a wooded slope with the flowers growing wild. B地区
033-IMG_2164.jpg
Tiny purple flowers on the slope
034-IMG_2165.jpg
035-IMG_2167.jpg
036-IMG_2191.jpg
Dog's tooth violet on a slope
037-IMG_2207.jpg
Top view of Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum). The petals are flared back (or upward).
038-IMG_2215.jpg
Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum), Kiyose, Tokyo カタクリ
039-IMG_2171.jpg
Japanese dog's tooth violet on a slope.
040-IMG_2186.jpg
Front (or bottom) view of the flower. Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
041-IMG_2189.jpg
Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
042-IMG_2181.jpg
Japanese dog's tooth violet (katakuri or Erythronium japonicum)
043-IMG_2119.jpg
Poster for the Katakuri Festival
044-IMG_2217.jpg
Another area of Area A next to the river.
045-IMG_2219.jpg
Area A next to the river. A地区
046-IMG_2220.jpg
Area A next to the river.
047-IMG_2116.jpg
Inside the Kiyo Bus
28 files on 1 page(s)