Ichinose Houzuki Farm
Ume Oaza Minamitabaru, Saiki, Ōita Prefecture 879-3302, Japan
Signs of O-bon: Time to Come Back Home to the FurusatoDuring the month of August, Japanese all over the country return to their hometowns to pay respects to their ancestors. This is also a time for relatives that live in other parts of the country or abroad to come together to catch up with each other.
Japan, being a country in-sync with the changing seasons utilize the Houzuki (chinese bell flower) as a popular plant to adorn one's family graves.
If one travels the country in August, you're bound to see these flowers for sale as whole plants or cut flowers.