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.

After a long day of chrysanthemum ogling, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with a pair of strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more