47th Annual Mito Hagi Festival

When: September 1 – September 21
Where: Kairakuen, Mito

In 1843, Mito’s 9th feudal lord Tokugawa Nariaki planted hagi (bush clover) that he received from the Date Domain as part of the construction of Kairakuen. Kairakuen’s hagi is mainly Miyagi-no-hagi; there is also white hagi, mountain hagi, round-leaf hagi, and many more, totaling 150 patches that bring the autumn landscape to life. Cited as one of the 7 plants of autumn, hagi was the most often-used plant in the Manyoshu collection of poetry, appearing in 140 poems.

Events

Hagi Light-up
Where: Around Kairakuen
When: September 1-21, sunset – 9pm

Take a Photo with Mito-chan and the Mito Plum Ambassadors
Where: Around Kairakuen
When:  September 15, 10am-3pm
September 21, 10am-3pm

Outdoor Tea Ceremony Hosted by High School Students
Where: Under the wisteria trees, Kairakuen
When: September 21, 10am – 3pm

Hagi Festival Haiku Contest
Where: Ibaraki Prefectural Youth Hall, Kairakuen
When: September 21, 10am – 3pm

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