Flowers as a hobby

Japanese people love flowers. Japanese language is very rich in vocabulary related to flowers and they have many hobbies like ikebana (flower arrangement) dedicated to the world of flowers. There are many parks and gardens that have sections exclusively dedicated to flower cultivation. Last week I went to one of the largest ones in Tokyo, I was expecting to find many old people but I found people of all ages.

There were species from all around the world and even some Japanese varieties that have been developed in labs. Some people were carrying huge cameras, others were just taking pictures with their cellphones, and some flower geeks were even writing down every detail observed on their notebook.

Flowers as a hobby

Flowers as a hobby

Flowers as a hobby

Flowers as a hobby

Flowers as a hobby

Flowers as a hobby

Flowers as a hobby

Flower garden in Japan

Flower garden in Japan

Flower garden in Japan

Flower garden in Japan

Flower garden in Japan

Flowers in Japan

Flowers in Japan

Flowers in Japan

Flowers in Japan

Flowers in Japan

Flowers in Japan

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Flowers in Japan

Flowers in Japan

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3 Comments
  • Gerry Gomez Pearlberg

    March 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Nice post. Reminds me of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden here in NYC. What is the name of this garden? I’d like to visit it when I get to Tokyo in the autumn.

  • Stella

    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 am

    A friend of mine is Japanese. She goes every year to Ronda (Málaga, Spain) to see sakura, because she misses “Ume Matsuri”. There, there are some cherry trees brought from Kyoto, I think, years ago. What a marvellous tradition she has!

  • fer

    March 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

    This is a great place! where is it?