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Oishi Kogen Highland, Wakayama
A windy, pitted road leads up to the highlands of Oishi Kogen. One of the seven flowers of Autumn, the tall sedges of susuki (pampas grass) turn from a warm palomino tone to shades of pearlescent silver at this time of year. Looking down from the rocky pinnacle, you can see the ocean rolling in the distance, across to wind farms on the hills of Kainan. On a clear day, the blue shade of Mount Rokko comes into view and the rocky shape of Awaji and Shikoku Islands form ghostly shapes on the horizon. In the September dusk, the willowy tail feathers of the pampas sway gently by the light of the moon. Every year, these plains are visited. The legend says displaying pampas by the jyūgoya (Autumn moon) will bring sound health until the following year.