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Chrysanthemums Like You’ve Never Seen Before

This year’s living bonsai figures at the Yushima Shrine

The fall leaves aren’t winning any awards this year in Tokyo, so thank whatever gods are in charge of making autumn insta-worthy that there are still chrysanthemums! Yes, it’s time once again for your socks to be knocked right off, with…

…bonsai chrysanthemums that look like Elvis bouffants (Yushima Shrine)…
…great balls o’ fluffblooms that are JUST ONE PLANT (Yushima Shrine)…
…award-winners all bursting into perfect bloom at the same time (Yushima Shrine)…
…a model of the reviled Skytree that’s much nicer than the original (Kameido Tenjin)…
…and attractive mini-landscapes that make perfect selfie backdrops (Kameido Tenjin)

These photos are from the 2018 displays at the Yushima Shrine and Kameido Tenjin, but there are lots more, all over Tokyo. If you’d like to check out all my favorite places to see crazy chrysanthemum displays this month, head over to Where To See The Best Chrysanthemums In Tokyo for more mindboggling pix & maps.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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