Although the low temperature has postponed the expected blooming date more than once, many people still chose Semboku City for the driving destination! The Sakura Festival is held until this weekend, May 9th. They are still in bloom---in fact, now that the petals are falling, you might experience a pink shower or even sakura fubuki, a storm of cherry blossoms! Please come by while it lasts!
Cherry blossoms are going to be gone in a few days; finally, our Green Season seems to begin very soon. In the meanwhile, we are expecting another flower festival in Tazawako Area: Tsutsuji Matsuri (Azalea Festival) in Obonai Park!
Azalea (Rhododendron) can be found in many places of Japan; it is also found in centuries old literature like haiku used as a season words that reflect late spring. It seems to be a sign of early summer to us, since we have been waiting for it so long!
*Pictures are from previous years.
Obonai Park is where you can enjoy a stroll amongst approximately 10,000 Azaleas of various hues. The annual Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri) is going to be held from May 28th to June 6th. During the festival, food stands are going to be held and the blossoms are going to be lighted up at night.
Obonai Park seems to be rather small for a playground, but considering that it includes hiking trails up on a hill with a few shrines and viewpoints, it is fairly large for a picnic and recreational games. You might see a group of kindergarteners with colorful hats on a school excursion!
Tsutsuji Matsuri (Azalea Festival) at Obonai Park
May 28th- June 6th, 2010.
A route from JR Tazawako Station (15 minutes walk)