|Narcissus tanzetta "Double Roman"|
I discovered that these particular daffodils are not native to Japan; they are called Narcissus tanzetta "Double Roman." The reference to Rome comes from the fact that the varieties are believed to be native to the Mediterranean area and were actually spread by Roman soldiers, hence the name "Double Roman". Apparently, the bulbs help relieve muscle pain and are so poisonous they were used to end the life of suffering soldiers who were wounded badly and going to die.
So how did did several hundred thousand of them wind up growing in coastal Japan? They were brought from the Mediterranean through China via the Silk Road and carefully propagated by the local women. Who knew?
|First lighthouse...kind of looks like a moonscape!|
|Lots and lots of tiny shells on the beach|
|Cormorants come here to overwinter|
|The second lighthouse|
|Note the large temple on the top of the hill|
|One of the many tuna restaurants in Misaki|
|Drying fish for sale|
|Big catch! ;)|
|Kainan Jinja, the shrine of the Miura Clan|
|800 year old tree at the shrine, which I'm sure looks a little bit better with a few leaves|
|Street in Misaki|
|Bridge that leads from the mainland to the island|