A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

That Screwy Flower- the Nejibana (捩花)!

A nejibana on the side of the road in Tsukuba

Next to A ten-yen coin for size

Nejibana near the Tsukuba University Hospital 


Nejibana in Ninomiya, Tsukuba (June 19, 2017)

Nejibana in Ninomiya, Tsukuba (June 19, 2017)

By Avi Landau


The summer greenery is overpowering. Big-blossomed, brightly colored flowers abound. Summer fashions are often eye-catching. That is why it takes a little extra effort to notice the little, sometimes wonderous, details which are  often right at our very feet. In June and July, check the patches of grass along sidewalks or bordering parking lots, office buildings, etc., and you might very well find the very small, yet enchanting NEJIBANA (screw-flower, as translated directly) which derives its name from its unique shape- and is in fact  a member of the orchid family (scientific name: Spiranthes sinensis)

The spiral can twist either clock-wise or counter-clockwise. Isn’t the world amazing! I took these photos near the police station at the TX Tsukuba Center Station.

Remember , while you’re taking in the big picture, stop and check for the usually unnoticed details.

Nejibana near Tsukuba Center in June

Nejibana are called ladies` tresses or pearl twists in English Tsukuba- June


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