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

I have enjoyed full blooming cherry in Ueno Park

Now, the best season for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. Speaking of cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo, it is Ueno Park. And Somei-yoshino is the most popular and representing Japanese cherry blossoms. Ueno Park is located northeast of the former Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace) and was originally the vast precincts of Kan’eiji Temple. After the Boshin Civil War (1868) in the early Meiji era, it was reconstructed as Japan’s first public park.Since the Edo era, the precincts of Kaneiji Temple, woods of Ueno, was a famous place for cherry blossom viewing.  And it has not been changed and … Continue reading I have enjoyed full blooming cherry in Ueno Park

Old and giant wisteria in Ashikaga Flower park

I visited Ashikaga flower park, famous of transplanted giant and old wisteria where introduced as the One of CNN Top 10 Dream Destination in the World, two-hour drive from my home in this weekend. Even though large wisteria was just starting blooming, I was able to watch many kind of wisteria, and enjoyed weeping wisteria in strong wind. I also watched many spring flowers in the flower garden. Then I visited historical place, Ashikaga Gakko, or Ashikaga school, the school was a center for Confucianism and secular learning, and one of the largest and famous school in 15th to 16th … Continue reading Old and giant wisteria in Ashikaga Flower park

Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park) and Kazi hills

Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park) and Kazi hills (Saitama) (07 June 2020) I went hiking at Kazi hills, Iruma city, with friends of my high school days. Although we talked several times though on-line chatting during stay-at-home period, it was much pleasant to have causal talk in nature. Of cause, we kept social distancing during our walking. At the hill-foot, I enjoyed Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park), Hanno city   Continue reading Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park) and Kazi hills

Syowa kinen park, hot but pleasant day

Syowa kinen park (05 6 2020) I visited Syowa kinen park with my family for light exercising for out of my shape. It was a little bit hot nearly 30 degrees Celsius, but wind  from pond of Japanese Iris, Iris ensata, or under the shade of big Keyaki (Japanese elm) was quite good. Iris ensata var. ensata/ Japanese iris/ Hanasyoubu ハナショウブ Zelkova serrata/ Japanese elm/ Keyaki ケヤキ  Then we visited the Emperor Show Memorial Museum next to the park first time. I was very impressed by the exhibits showing 87year history of the Emperor. And we were so lucky as … Continue reading Syowa kinen park, hot but pleasant day

Inokashira park, before cherry blossom parties

Inokashira park (08 03 2020) I visit Inokashira park for checking cherry blossom, since it is expected a main cherry variety “Someiyoshino” will be blooming in a week or 10 days. However, as drizzling and cold, there are few visitors in the park. White magnolia and Kobushi magnolia have already started blooming. Taiwan cherry, early blooming pinkish cherry, also blooming. But, Buds of Someiyoshino look still hard and need more time before blooming. Finally, I find a few flowers just start opening. And on the ground, wild violet is also start flowering. Next week! I sure we can enjoy beauty … Continue reading Inokashira park, before cherry blossom parties

Musashi-Kyuryo Park, Feel Spring breeze

Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park (01 03 2020) Through a main gate to enter the park On the ground, many spring ephemerals welcome  me in gentle spring sun shine. Also many pretty flowers are blooming On the tree, early blooming cherry variety, “Kawadzu zakura” is almost full blossom. Winter honeysuckle are spreading gentle fragrance I really enjoy gentle early spring day. Continue reading Musashi-Kyuryo Park, Feel Spring breeze