The fields of Sevillian sunflowers to which the Japanese pilgrimage are already in bloom

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This year they have been made to beg, like the heat. Its 30 days of flowering usually occur between mid-May and mid-June and, nevertheless, sunflowers from Carmona (Seville) begin to show themselves now in their maximum splendor. Even thousands of Japanese tourists have been pilgrimage for years looking to get lost among the hundreds of hectares of these yellow carpets that usually reach 1.5 meters high.
From the Tourist Office of Carmona, they explain to Traveler.es that they cannot determine the exact number of Japanese tourists who visit them annually, since not everyone goes through its facilities.

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Ya están en flor los campos de girasoles sevillanos a los que peregrinan los japoneses

This year they have been made to pray © Carmona Tourist Office

In fact, it is only usually done by those who do not travel in groups and come individually. "We usually ask for a taxi to take them to see the sunflower fields that are more beautiful" at that time, since they are located on the outskirts of the town.
However, they can locate the moment when this pilgrimage began. They talk that about 15 years ago they began to receive Japanese travelers who wanted to visit or stay at the Parador that stands on the ruins of the Alcazar of King Don Pedro . At that time the tourists who arrived told them about some very popular cartoons on Japanese television in which the story of this king was told. With the passage of time, they also began to ask about sunflowers that appeared in the tourist guide of Spain they used.

“The truth is that it is very difficult to explain the reasons or the reason for the taste for this flower in Japan. There is no concrete reason, but surely many anecdotes about it. What is certain is that the Japanese love flowers and nature, ”tells Traveler.es Hajime Kishi of the JNTO (Japan Tourist Office).
“The sunflower for the Japanese is a flower that symbolizes summer, holiday season, sunny and hot weather (…). Also the erect and majestic bearing of flowers makes for some people a flower related to love, particularly to declare or ask in marriage. It is the flower par excellence and the spectacular nature of a field full of sunflowers under the sun and the blue sky is an image that attracts all Japanese alike. ”
Moreover, Hajime Kishi underlines the constant presence of sunflowers in Japanese cinema and in animated films. "This fact makes the image of this flower or sunflower fields even stronger."

Ya están en flor los campos de girasoles sevillanos a los que peregrinan los japoneses

They reach 1.5 meters high © Carmona Tourist Office

His enumeration of examples begins, however, with the Italian Los Girasoles and the images of the fields he already showed to the Japanese public in the 1970s ; to go on to cite Japanese films like " Himawaribatake (Field of Sunflowers) or Be with you (Ima aini ikimasu or Now I'm going to see you), the original Japanese film of 2004 by Nobuhiro Doi based on the romantic novel by Takuji Ichikawa or, more recently, in 2017, Himawari batake nite (In the field of sunflowers), by Kenji Azaki ”.
And, if we take into account that sunflower in Japanese is said 'Himawari' ('Hi' = sun; 'mawari' = that turns), the flirtatious and horny sister of Shin Chan or one of the female characters probably comes to mind from the Naruto series, Himawari Uzumaki.

Ya están en flor los campos de girasoles sevillanos a los que peregrinan los japoneses

Carmpona sunflower fields © Alamy

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