Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

Okinawa, rainy season is over, and we can enjoy paradise in the jewel islands in South Sea. Churaumi Aquarium is famous in Marine Expo Park. Watching whale shark, which has the longest breeding record of 27 years, and Manta rays swimming leisurely makes me forget the hustle and bustle of the city and stress of city life. And in this large ocean expo park, the Tropical Botanical Garden, Dream Center, is as entertaining as the Churaumi Aquarium. In this botanical garden, tropical plants bloom even outdoors, and we can watch beautiful tropical flowers and fruits outdoors and, in the greenhouse, … Continue reading Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

I visited Tokaen for enjoying the wisteria of Ushijima, nearing full bloom. Let’s enjoy flower of wisteria! A wisteria in Ushijima is more than 1200 years old. It is said that it is the oldest wisteria in Japan. It is designated as a natural treasure and the Special Natural Protected Tree. The wisteria is also called nine-syaku (It is about 2m70cm in the old unit of length in Japan) wisteria and it was recorded almost 3-meter- long bunch of flowers in Meiji era. Its flowers can still drape to up to two meters. It is said that wisteria grows inflorescence … Continue reading Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

Full blossom of Cherry in Jindai Botanical Garden

Jindai Botanical Garden in Chofu-city, on the Musashino Hills, in the western suburbs of Tokyo, is one of the best botanical gardens. Cherry blossoms in full bloom welcome us here and there in the park, but Cherry Garden, where you can enjoy various varieties of cherry blossoms, is especially attractive. Among them, many people gather around the original tree of Jindai Akebono, which is expected to be successor to the most popular Somei-yoshino, because of its excellent properties, and admire its beauty appearance. There is an interesting story of the name of this Jindai-akebono. It is a famous story that … Continue reading Full blossom of Cherry in Jindai Botanical Garden

Beginning of cherry season in Tokyo, Shinjuku-Gyoen

In Tokyo, although the temperature rises and falls sharply on cold days with sleet, on the relatively sunny spring equinox day, I went to Shinjuku Gyoen, where the cherry blossoms are now start in best blooming time. Early-blooming varieties such as Yoko or Higan varieties are in full bloom. Takato Kohigan is a rare variety in Tokyo. Kohigan represents varieties that bloom small flowers around the spring equinox. Takto-kohigan, Takato is derived from Takato Town, Nagano Prefecture, the hometown of the Naito clan, feudal lord in Edo era, the original owner of this garden. Somei-yoshino cherry tree is also beginning … Continue reading Beginning of cherry season in Tokyo, Shinjuku-Gyoen

I learned tree name in Jindai Botanical Gardens

Jindai Botanical Gardens (12 6 2020) Jindai Botanical Gardens, located in west side of Tokyo, is one of the best garden in Japan. It has many good facilities like a greenhouse, a rose garden, as well as rich nature of Musashino hills. Today, I entered into the forest for learning on trees. I have quite confidence to identify flowers however I tried to identify trees without flowers by recognizing shape of leaf, figure of whole tree, and so on. Then I reconfirm Japanese name and English name of trees. Such as oaks, live oaks maples. It was a little of … Continue reading I learned tree name in Jindai Botanical Gardens

I have visited a reopened Shinjuku Gyoen garden

Shinjuku Gyoen (02 06 2020) I visited Shinjuku gyoen garden yesterday at the day of reopen after the lift of emergency declaration. This garden is divided into mainly 4 parts, such as Japanese garden (strolling style) , Landscape garden (English style), Formal garden (French style) and man-made nature harmonized forest (Satoyama, mother and child forest)   Landscape garden area, we can be relaxed on the lawn of the garden. Also we can see scape of sky scraper backdrop of the scene. Very cozy area! Let’s move to Japanese garden, typical garden style of strolling around pond. I was very relaxed … Continue reading I have visited a reopened Shinjuku Gyoen garden