The cherry blossoms have now bloomed all over Japan. People are constantly having 花見 (flower viewing) parties. During this time, I was invited to go to my home away from home, Hamamatsu (Shizuoka prefecture). With the help of my girlfriends mother, I was able to experience some of the beauty that fills Japan. We made a trip to a place literally called and referred to as, “Flower Park” in Japanese. The arrangements were amazing and I was entirely impressed with everything within the park. The blooming of the cherry blossoms made an awesome addition to an already impressive garden.
Anyway, when we first entered the park we were up on a hill. Upon entering, you are able to see an assortment of potted plants, scattered about the area. From the edge of the hill there is a bit of a gorge that goes down into a pool with a gigantic fountain. Music played as the fountain put on a bit of a show.
Across the way you can see there were some flower arrangements that created a picture. Each picture was a different character. Although I may have seen the characters before, I am not familiar with their names. I can only assume they are fairly well known figures in Japan.
We crossed a bridge to get a closer look at the characters and additionally, a greenhouse that was setup. Inside was a variety of plants. There were three rooms separating western style gardens, tropical gardens, and a Mexican style garden that included a variety of cacti.
Western-style (it reminds me of my backyard in the states)
After we cleared the greenhouse, we went down a path that led around the outskirts of the park. Along the trail were countless cherry blossom trees. Some of the trees were a staggering size and others were no bigger than a large bush. Coupled with the trees were rows of tulips that made for quite the scenic view. Although I am sure there are places like this in America, it seems that these places are not as popular. However, I am not sure as to why considering I would like to have spent the entire day at a place like this.
After walking the path in its entirety, we sat down at a rest area for a while and talked about everything that has gone on recently. We caught up on current news concerning one another and then decided to head home. I’m hoping to make another trip back to Flower Park since it made quite an impression on me. The next time I go will probably be in the fall to see the beautiful autumn colors.