The beauty of things seasonal lie in their ephemeral nature – that fleeting moment when they can be most appreciated. There is a certain excitement in the tension of knowing that something is only available for such a brief period of time.

For flowers, however, it doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed at other times of the year, in other creative ways.

Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City in Tochigi Prefecture takes this concept to a new level.

The park has installed more than 5 million LED lights inside the garden so that people can enjoy the park by night. The installation goes by the name of “Garden of Illuminated Flowers.”

The crown jewel of the park is the more than 150 year old Great Wisteria, which fills the tree with hundreds of beautiful lilac colored flowers during its peak season in May. When you stand underneath it, the effect is almost to be floating in a sea of delicate purple.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.