When coming to Japan, don't miss the Tonami Tulip Fair, Toyama!!
I remembered that it was raining that morning, but not being discouraged by the weather, my friends and I still decided to come to Tonami, Toyama to attend the Tulip Fair.
Few people know that there are tulip fields in Japan that are no less beautiful than those in the Netherlands.
With the highest tulip bud yield in Japan, Tonami Tulip Park is an exhibition of tulip breeds that are cared for by their very own gardeners. It would be a waste to come to Toyama and leave out one of the symbolic events of Toyama province.
Tonami Tulip Fair
- Place: Tonami Tulip Park 1-32 Hanazonomachi, Tonami, Toyama
- Time: last week of April - early May (around 19 days, annually)
For more information on this year's festival, please click on this LINK!
That day, when the whole world seemed to abandon you, even the driver did so. ^^ Yes, rain was pouring on the way and we spent almost 2 hours under that pelting weather until you could merely feel anything @.@
However, everyone was equipped with umbrellas and rain boots so we "just went like that" with the determination to enjoy the flowers!!
It being the biggest tulip fair in Japan, what you could see at this Tonami Tulip Fair was around 700 breeds amongst the 3 million flowers blooming across the field of 12 hectares wide. In addition to the combination of flowers, musical performances and flower art displays would definitely make the flower lovers be in awe of!!
Tulip was originally a type of wild flowers grew in the Middle East, and was first grown by Turkish in the 16th century. Until the early 20th century, people even considered these flowers as one of the symbols of the Netherlands.
With each distinct "floriography", tulips with the shape of an upside-down bell standing firmly on fragile stalks brought a somewhat gentle yet determined vibe.
- Yellow tulip: expressed a perfect love, vibrant as sunshine and always beautiful
- White tulip: showed affection, a pure love
- Red tulip: meant a passionate love
- Purple tulip: represent luxury and elegant
Furthermore, you could find many interesting at this tulip festival. Every detail about tulips was displayed in a big room, from the story of its origin, the country where the tulip seeds originated from, how to choose the seeds and how to nurse the plant, how to arrange the flowers...
Everything was summarized into many pictures and small figures (like I mentioned above) so it was easy to visualize. Not only that, the entire process of planting and gardening the tulips was also displayed with very clear explanations!!
Making colorful, meaningful tulip bouquets by yourself, or climbing up the top of the giant tulip and gazing at the vibrant field of flowers that looked as if they were calling for us!! What could be more wonderful than that?
It was visible that the boundless Tonami Tulip Valley had become more beautiful with thousands of tulips arranged in different rows and beds.
It looked like a mini tulip museum, so harmonized that it created a more than magnificent destination. When I came here, I though I was strolling in a fairy tale garden, or a place in Japan's greatest anime ^^
A true masterpiece!! I really admire and appreciate the talent and effort of the Japanese farmers who had passionately and meticulously taken care of the tulip beds, making them livelier during the festival ^^
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