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Monday, May 2, 2011

Tulip Island Party 2011



At 国営明石海峡公園/Akashi Straits National Government Park, protagonist from the middle of March to April would be tulips of about 600,000 bulbs from 300 varieties.  






In any highly successful event there are always those who support it nicely: at the beginning of April, they are muscari, daffodils, other spring flowers, and greenery, though poplar trees had not started budding when I took these pictures.







Other than these tulip zones, there are natural gardens, forests, and waterfronts as well.   As I strolled around, I was excited what would be the next.   This park is interconnected with Awaji Yume-butai (Dream-stage).




Born in Kobe City, I grew up seeing Awaji-shima beyond the sea of Kobe, and I've gotten fascinated by this island since my first visit in February.  Getting off highway, driving winding country roads with ups and downs is quite relaxing.

The island was severely hit by the earthquake in 1995 and is thriving now inviting more people from Honshu (main land.)  As I often witness the recovery of Kobe and Awaji-shima, I surely believe in the resurrection from any calamity.  May Tohoku be revitalized on a new community planning strong against tsunami by overcoming overwhelming sadness and daunting difficulties in near future.


Other posts about flowering places in Awaji-shima Island: 
Pastoral Awaji Hana-sajiki  

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28 comments:

  1. Hei, hei!
    It's beautiful, almost unreal!
    Thanks for the pictures which represent the splendor of nature.

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  2. I can't even imagine 600,000 tulips!! Your photos are lovely and certainly let us see what a "treat" you had as you walked around the gardens. Too bad tulips are just a springtime flower--they are so colorful. Beautiful post. Mickie :)

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  3. Awesome! And your photos are superb as always! So many gorgeous, colorful tulips! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  4. Beautiful blooms! A sight like this is enough to lift anyone's spitrits.

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  5. So many beautiful flowers in Awajishima Island.
    I visited the Island, Otsuka museum, but not the place of party of flowers. I enjoyed the colors and various shapes of tulips. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. wow...so beautiful. the pictures reminded me of "quilts"....fabric pieced together. interesting patterns, gorgeous flowers!!!

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  7. So utterly gorgeous! And a hopeful sign of renewal.

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  8. Wonderful pictures! Beautiful series. Absolutely beautiful flowers. What a very special place.

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  9. Amazing field of blooms! It's like being in tulip-heaven :D


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  10. What gorgeous places to visit and so aptly described! I especially like the name “dream stage”. These are dreamy scenes and proof that even after tragic events life can begin anew and that beauty will find its way back to the human heart. Thank you for sharing this colorful part of your world. :)

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  11. Splendid post, stardust! Oh I didn't know that the Akashi Kaikyo Koen is such a gorgeous place. The tulips are amazingly beautiful. I'm also very very happy that Kobe and Awaji-shima have been beautifully rebuilt!! I'm a Kobekko. Just like Kobe and Awaji, I'm sure Tohoku will be reconstructed in about 5 years. Thank you, stardust for this lovely post.

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  12. My beloved friend
    I smile because we have the same post!:) Tulips!!
    Glad to have so beautiful park, so beautiful homeland!
    The gardens of Japan is famous in the world!!
    I saw all the post and he enjoyed the yellow flowers overlooking the sea!
    I'm proud of the Japanese people, because very soon it will be like before!
    I hope to go to Holland,in Keukenhof with 7.000.000 flowers!!!
    Many people of Japan, was there..
    Many greetings and kisses

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  13. It was a surprise to me to see all your beautiful flowers-Very nic e photo´s.

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  14. I've never seen so many lovely tulips, such vibrant colors too. You have beautiful scenes to enjoy!

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  15. All I can say is this has to be “heaven on earth.” Beautiful, Beautiful.! The tulips and their varied colors are stunning. A wonderful post for putting a smile on the face on this gal. Thanks.

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  16. Absolutely Gorgeous! The flowers are refreshing..the melee of colors and the patterns created only add to its beauty!

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  17. Very beautiful flowers.
    I'm glad to see people living in Kobe recovering from the earthquake.
    I'm sure that people living in Tohoku will also get home strongly.

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  18. Hi,Stardust.
    You took many photos of tulips!!Your shoulders are all right? My shoulders sometimes get stiff after taking a lot of photos though I really eanjoy photos. I went to Maiko last spring. Awaji island clearly could be seen from Maiko. I understand that you grew seeing Awaji-shima beyond the sea of Kobe. Thank you for sharing so many fresh tulips!! Stardust.

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  19. Amazing colorful flowers!
    Really great shots, enjoyed :) :)

    Take care
    Marinela x

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  20. Thank you for visiting my blog. What a surprise to see all the tulips, did you see my post about the same subject? They are beautiful.

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  21. Lovely photos, thank you for taking me along on your walk!

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  22. The expansion of colors ...
    A feeling encourages me lively.

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  23. WoW! Absolutely exquisite!

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  24. Such fabulous beauty wrought from devastation is inspiring. I would love to stroll through that park. Wonderful photos.

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  25. Redrose, I don't have stiff shoulders but a stiff neck due to PC work. Photography is no problem for me. Thank you for your concern. Take care.

    biebkriebel, I didn't scroll down enough to reach to tulip posts. I saw them, and was so fascinated. Thank you.

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  26. What a beautiful place! Here the tulips are just starting - but not in one place like this. It must be wonderful to walk there.

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  27. hi..i'm planning to go for visiting festival tulips on this 30 march at heus tem bosh at fukuoka (sori my spelling..hihi)..hope i 'll see the beautiful tulips there..nice blog and i will visiting and always continuing read this blog..tq for sharing many infos here. :)

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