The hills of Japan's Hitachi Flower Park blossom bright with about 30,000 bushes of Kochia, a bush whose leaves and stems turn red in October. A couple million light pink and white cosmos bloom alongside in the park's 153 hectacres.
Paris japonica has the largest genome—the most DNA—of any organism, flora or fauna. The rare plant's genome is 50 times longer than humans, though a long genome isn't always a good thing for a species.
A look at the Japan Bloom Fair that was held earlier this month in New York, showcasing the wide range of cut flowers available for export from Japan to the United States, including new varieties for 2012.
It takes a village to grow a picture in a rice field: Since 1993, a small Japanese village has been creating rice paddy art, in an effort to increase tourism. It's a hybrid of traditional illustration and crop circles, with canvases that are as large as football fields.