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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Late February Plum Blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen

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The weather has been absolutely beautiful recently, and since church for me had been in Shibuya in the afternoon, I spent the morning walking around Shinjuku Gyoen (which is really accessible for me this time around) and taking in the ume (plum) blossoms. They give off a wonderful fragrance.

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