Brightly-Colored Azalea Festival Brings Spring to Higashi Village
March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
The 33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival has kicked off at the Higashi Sonmin no Mori Tsutsuji Park on March 1. Although the flowers have been slower to bloom than in previous years, with the most of the plants in the park only partly flowering, some were blooming in bright red and pink colors. The best time to view the flower is in the middle of this month, according to park staff. Visitors searched for blooming flowers, and enjoyed the coming of spring.
There are about 50,000 Azalea plants in the 4.5 hectare park. Visitors enjoyed taking photographs and strolling around the flower beds. Hidemasa Ikema from Ginowan City, a 58-year old visitor, is looking forward to the blooming. Ikema said, “Now is not the best time to see he flowers, compared to last year. Maybe, I will visit again.”
The festival will be on until the 22nd of this month, and visitors can observe the flowers until the 29th. The entrance fee is 300 yen for high school students and adults. There are also stage events and other activities planned for weekends during the festival period.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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