Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

On September 2, pedestrians enjoy Houo Boku (Royal Poinciana) in Yorimiya, Naha.


September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians are enjoying the blooming bright-red Royal Poinciana in Yosemiya, Naha. The Royal Poinciana is from Madagascar and belongs to the bean family. It blooms between June and October. This tree is called Houo Boku in Japan, named after the Chinese Phoenix because the flowers swinging in the wind look like a flying Chinese Phoenix.

Kayoko Tamashiro, who lives in Yosemiya, said, “Every year, I am fascinated by the bright-red flowers. And the trees create shade while we wait at stoplights.” Hoshin Kohagura said, “The bright red color matches Okinawa’s colourful image.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato) 

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