If you like the color of gold, September (and October) have got to be your favorite months in Japan. Everywhere you turn trees ablaze in golden fruit and sometimes leaves, grab your attention.
It starts with the grasses, the thistles turn golden, and of course, the Japanese plume grasses. Sengokuhara Plain in Hakone is where crowds flock to see the fields of gold.
Quiz: What’s the difference between the two kinds of grasses?
Answer: A) Suzuki form clumps. B) Ogi spread outwards. The flowers of the ogi droop gracefully and are longer and thicker than those of the Suzuki.
This picture shows the Susuki plume grass or Miscanthus sinensis, growing in a clump. It is this grass which is used to thatch roofs in Japan.
The roof of this house in the World Heritage site, Shirakawago is thatched with miscanthus grass.