Rape blossoms in full bloom in central Japan

SHIZUOKA, Feb. 20 — Yellow rape blossoms are in full bloom on a field in the town of Minamiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Due to a warm winter this year, the blooming started in early December, about a month earlier than usual.

Members of the town’s agriculture promotion association first planted rapeseeds on a 3.2-hectare field about 20 years ago and the place has since then become known as a sightseeing spot during spring.

Boardwalks are created so that visitors can walk on the field and watch the blossoms closely.

Shizuo Ishii, 69, a member of the association’s agriculture support center who manages the field, said, “The plants weren’t affected by typhoons during autumn and grew well.”

Kosuke Akiyama, 29, who visited the field from the city of Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture, was taking pictures of the blossoms, saying, “I’m impressed by the rape blossoms spreading out all over.”

People can enjoy the blossoms until the end of March.

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