Really heavy rain and some unexpected circumstances led to my getting to see a gigantic field of lotus root plants in Iwakuni. Quite a few of the flowers were blooming, too!
I was driving back from a canceled teacher training event, and since it was on the way, the teacher I was with took me on a little detour on the way back, to see vast fields of lotus flowers (renkon) in Iwakuni. Iwakuni’s famous for renkon, too. Can you tell? haha.
My teacher, who was driving, says that lotus flowers open (bloom) at sunrise, and when they do, they make a “popping” sound. I looked it up for you, because I kind of doubt I’m going to be awake at sunrise staring at a field of unopened lotus flowers waiting for one to “pop,” but I couldn’t find a video of it. There are only rumors… o.O
It was pretty different from the fall.
The reason I said “almost” is that my teacher seemed like he was starting to move the car forward and I hadn’t finished taking the video yet. It was a reflex. I figured I would regret that (haha).
A quick little bonus insert from Waki:
We have a few smaller lotus fields in Waki, and I stopped at the one I pass a lot to get some close-up pictures today so you could see how cool renkon are! They have big, round, wide leaves that hollow out in the middle, so when it rains, the rain pools inside until the leaf gets too heavy and the rain has to escape over the edge to make room for more. The leaves are big and rubbery, so even when it rains, they don’t get wet on top. Even though it rained a lot today, the renkon fields are probably fine.
The flowers bloom and stick out here and there; before blooming, they’re sometimes light pink on the edges like the one in the back. When the flower falls off, it leaves a flat pod with round circles in the top–you can see a flat stem right behind the unopened flower. From start to finish, lotus fields are fun to watch.