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Japan Photo Journal: Endangered red carpet

(Mainichi/Taichi Kaizuka)

A carpet of common glasswort, known as "coral grass" for its red color in autumn, is seen at Lake Notoro in the city of Abashiri in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. Common glasswort is specified as an endangered species by the Ministry of the Environment. It grows in wetlands containing salt. The plants, measuring 15-25 centimeters in height, saw their autumn peak in early September this year -- earlier than usual. The head of the Ubaranai tourism association said, "Though the number of tour buses and foreign visitors has drastically decreased this year due to the coronavirus, people are coming here this season to see this scenery."

    (Japanese original by Taichi Kaizuka, Hokkaido Photo Group)

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