The above flower, and this one, are both Dahlia. I was by there this morning and the owner fellow who is growing these was there working on some other potted stuff. That's close to life size, maybe a little smaller, by a cm or two.
The guy who grows this does a lot of different things (his wife is there, too, but only occasionally). He once explained that there were different kinds of キビ, drawing the characters on the ground with a stick. He's one of the friendlier gardeners/farmers around, and once gave me a huge hakusai. He's meticulous to a degree that other gardeners aren't--they way he lays out rows, pulls the dirt up onto negi, covers starts with netting, etc. The millet is certainly done & gone, but he has daikon and broccoli in as of a week or two ago.
While pottering about this morning (it's a truly brilliant day today) we came across the famous roundabout in Seiseki-Sakuragaoka in Tama, Tokyo, along Irohazaka. It is one of the few roundabouts in Tokyo and was featured in the Studio Ghibli movie "Whisper of the Heart" (耳をすませば, Mimi o Sumaseba, 1995).