The Flower Festival, Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park is one of our favorite places to go and is very near our home. Every season is so beautiful, but spring is extraordinary! Somehow, we missed Komorebi Village on past visits, but finally took a look inside this house. This is a traditional Japanese home modeled after a 1950’s farmhouse,

complete with a thatched roof.

This is the kitchen area with a fire pit in the center of the room.

There are always sliding doors to close off each section of the home.

And, always a tatami room. (Tatami are the bamboo mats.)

There was a small deck all the way around this house. Not really like the front porches we are used to in the States.

I believe these baskets were for silk worms. Unfortunately for us, the signs were all in Japanese!

These looked to be some sort of racks for the cocoons.

After exploring the house, we headed to the Flower Festival. We just caught the tail end of cherry blossom season and the blossoms were all falling to the ground like pink snow.

A pink wonderland!

I can see why the cherry blossom season is so popular here!

There were still people enjoying hanami, or picnicking under the cherry blossoms. Also, lots of artists!

But, the tulips were truly breathtaking!

Isn’t this incredible?!

My two adventurers.

For someone who spent last the last few years in the desert, this was beyond beautiful!

A spring selfie!

We then came upon the poppy field. (“poppies, poppies”….sorry, just a Wizard of Oz reference). I think this wasn’t quite at peak yet, but still pretty.

You gotta love a great photo op!

To cap off a great day we had to try the sakura (cherry blossom) ice cream. Japan is known for their innovative ice cream flavors, and they generally go along with a theme!

No complaints here!



  1. Laura
    April 24, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    That is incredible! I think it looks like Holland!

  2. Erica
    April 29, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    WOW!!!! That's breathtaking!

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