Three-Day Weekend in Green Karuizawa

I recently went to Karuizawa for a three-day weekend in Japan (Mon. 9/18 was Respect for the Aged Day, 敬老の日). It was beautiful and green, and despite it being a three-day weekend, I was able to arrive on time on the bus with very little traffic. Apparently, Respect for the Aged Day is between seasons (summer vacation is over, but the leaves haven’t turned color yet), and so there aren’t that many people out traveling.

The other reason for the light traffic was probably that a typhoon was headed our way, but I’d scheduled the trip before the typhoon warning and it didn’t bother to let me know it was coming, so I went anyway. The typhoon came in the night and was gone before Monday morning, so aside from light rain the days before, I had perfect weather on Monday!

(The church in the first picture is Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church (軽井沢ショー記念礼拝堂), and you can go inside.)

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Roses and a Light-Up at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園)

Last week, I went to go see some roses before the rose season was over. I was motivated by my boss, who advised me to go see the roses while they were still at their best.

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Blue Flowers & Tulips at Hitachi Seaside Park

Good morning! It’s Golden Week, a series of Japanese holidays, and I just got back yesterday from a trip to see the blue flowers and tulips at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki. It’s my second time to the park; the first time was in September 2013, and different kinds of flowers were blooming, which you can see here.

My brother had sent me a picture of these flower-covered hills back in December of last year, with a description saying they originated in California (where I’m from). It seems to be true. Anyway, since he’s never been there, it was fun to actually go see it and then report back :)

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