If we think of autumn, we’d think of leaves turning red and eventually falling. It is something we all look forward to or hope to experience. Leaves may have fallen but the Japanese susuki or pampas grass are here to stay. Stretching up as high as two meters, its long feathery flowers sway so beautifully with the chilly autumn breeze.


In the west part of Hakone mountains is the Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field located in Sengokuhara, Hakone. From afar, the field of pampas grass carpeted even beyond your eyes can see. There is a one way trail for visitors although it’s quite a rocky path all the way up the hills.

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But the challenging trail is all worth it once you see the pampas grass dance harmoniously to the rhythm of the wind or when its flowers gleam to the kiss of sunlight as it reflects in between its thin strands; those little details what made this place extra special.


Moreover, its one shade of yellow complimented so well with the autumn’s mood that all you basically need is a sentimental music in the background. I swear the entire experience gave me all that feels!


Some might see these pampas grass as strays or untamed but for others, it’s a sign that autumn is just around the corner. Moreover, although it felt like it’s a short-lived season, one cannot deny how easy it is to fall for its wonders. 


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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.


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